Drunk Driving Charges Await Semi Driver in Fatal Indiana Crash

A 47-year-old father from Howell, Michigan, has been identified by Indiana officials as the victim of a semi-truck crash in which the semi driver was arrested for allegedly operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVWI).

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In the crash that happened December 29, 2016, in Vermillion County, a report from the office of Sheriff Mike Phelps said a 41-year-old man from Ontario, Canada, was driving a Freightliner semi and trailer southbound in the northbound lanes of State Road 63. The tractor trailer hit Mr. Leach’s pickup truck on a curve just south of the Cayuga Fair Grounds.

According to the initial investigation, the truck driver was “arrested for OVWI resulting in death, a Level 5 felony,” according to the official news release update from Vermillion County.

The Vermillion County Sheriff’s report said Mr. Leach did not survive his injuries. His 10-year-old son, now with family, had injuries that were treated at an area hospital, the report said. The father and son were driving in a Ford Super Duty pickup when the semi crashed into them, sheriff’s deputies reported.

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