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Bus Driver Pleads Guilty In Crash That Left Four People Dead

A bus driver involved in an eastern Arkansas crash that left four people dead in 2007 has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor negligent homicide.

Felix Badillo Tapia pleaded guilty Thursday in St. Francis County Circuit Court. He will serve one year in jail and pay a $1,000 fine.

The 29-year-old from Brownsville, Texas, had faced felony charges.

Prosecutor Fletcher Long says investigators couldn't prove that Tapia was intoxicated or that drugs he possessed at the time of the crash were illegal.

Tapia was driving the Tornado Bus Co. bus from Chicago to Dallas when it crashed near Forrest City on Interstate 40. The bus slammed into a pickup truck and a tractor trailer, killing three bus passengers and the pickup's driver. Twenty others were injured.


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