Man Sentenced to 14.5 Years in Deadly Monroe County Bus Crash

(BLOOMINGTON) — A New Albany man was sentenced to more than 14 years in prison for a collision between a bus and a minivan that killed three people.

Brian L. Hodges

48-year-old Brian L. Hodges was driving a Miller Transportation bus in July 2017 when it slammed into a minivan stopped near Bloomington.

The crash killed 54-year-old Rose Pettus, 30-year-old Shante Lewis, and 29-year-old Orlando Lewis Jr., all of Greenwood.

After the July 22 crash, Hodges told deputies that he was looking down trying to kick away ice before he looked up and saw the minivan stopped for a lane closure on State Road 37, just north of Bloomington.

Police say Hodges had meth and amphetamine in his system at the time of the crash. Hodges pleaded guilty to drug-related charges.

On Sept. 3, Brian Hodges pleaded guilty to causing death when operating a vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substance, and causing injury when operating a vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substance. He was sentenced to a total of 14.5 years in prison with 2.5 years suspended to probation. His license was also suspended for 10 years.

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