Trucker faces felony charges in fatal 2012 crash

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) -- A long-haul truck driver whose semi crashed last year along a northeastern Indiana highway, killing a 4-year-old girl, has been charged with reckless homicide and involuntary manslaughter.

Gary Golay of West Mansfield, Ohio, was also charged Wednesday with nine felony counts of criminal recklessness and a misdemeanor count of false informing stemming from the Fort Wayne crash that injured five other people.

An arrest warrant was issued for Golay's arrest, but as of Thursday afternoon it did not appear that he had been arrested, said Robyn Niedzwiecki, a spokeswoman for the Allen County prosecutor's office.

A probable cause affidavit alleges that Golay, 55, skipped required rest periods and falsified a logbook that long-haul drivers are supposed to keep tracking the hours they drive, The Journal Gazette reported (http://bit.ly/19zp852 ).

The affidavit states that police found "significant irregularities as to Golay's recorded travel times and what was actually possible."

"His logbooks indicated that he was off duty when he was, in fact, working," the document states.

State police found that Golay had not taken a required 10-hour rest for two days before the crash, the affidavit states.

"By working for such extended periods of time, he was able to dramatically increase his income, however he was accumulating his lack of rest as each day passed by," it states.

Golay's semi, carrying a load of auto parts and weighing more than 68,000 pounds, crashed into four vehicles along U.S. 30 on July 27, 2012. The crash killed Abigail Little of Albion, who was riding in her family's minivan, and five other motorists.

Golay was shaken by the crash but not hurt, the affidavit said.

The affidavit states that Golay's semi was going 59 mph in a 50-mph zone and its black box showed that he did not brake before the crash.

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Information from: The Journal Gazette, http://www.journalgazette.net