INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Indiana State Police investigators have now completed their portion of a crash report on the braking systems of a church bus that crashed late last month, killing three people and an unborn baby. The results were turned over to IMPD detectives, who will complete the remainder of the investigation.
The State Police Motor Vehicle Commercial Enforcement Division was requested to conduct testing on several of the bus’ mechanical systems, including its brakes, a department spokesman said. Investigators had to rebuild some components of the braking system before testing them, causing additional delays in the process, investigators said.
Additional testing conducted by Indiana State Police involved forensic lab analysis, including a toxicology report on the driver, 68-year-old Dennis Maurer. Those results were also turned over to IMPD, but won’t be made public until after the final crash report has been completed by IMPD and turned over to the Marion County Prosecutor for review, a spokesman said.
Experts told WISH-TV shortly after the crash that the operational status of those brakes will be the key to the investigation. Maurer told police the brakes suddenly failed, causing the bus to crash into a concrete median on Keystone Avenue near 96th Street.
Three people and an unborn child were killed in the the crash , as the bus carried youth group members back to Colonial Hills Baptist Church from a camp in Michigan.
Investigators said earlier this month that a final report, including the naming of a final cause in the crash, could take up to six months to complete.
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