Trucker sentenced to 4 years in crash that killed Taylor students

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A Michigan truck driver will be eligible for release from prison in about a year after being sentenced today for causing a crash that that killed five people from Taylor University.

Thirty-eighty-year-old Robert Spencer was sentenced to four years in prison and was credited with time already served in jail.

The judge also ordered him to pay a $5,000 fine and revoked his commercial driver's license.

Spencer was accused of falling asleep on Interstate 69 shortly before his tractor-trailer hit the university van in April 2006. Authorities say Spencer had driven at least nine hours more than allowed under federal rules at the time of the crash.

One of the young victims had been mistakenly identified as a survivor until her parents discovered that the severely injured woman they had been caring for was actually another student.

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