Jury convicts bus driver who killed several in I-10 crash

The Honduran national was driving a party bus to Baton Rouge when the bus crashed killing three people and injuring dozens others in August 2016. Among those killed were St. John District Fire Chief Spencer Chauvin.

EDGARD, La. -- A jury on Thursday evening found a bus driver guilty of three charges of negligent homicide in a fatal crash on Interstate 10 in LaPlace in 2016.

Denis Amaya Rodriguez will be sentenced April 9.

The Honduran national was driving a party bus to Baton Rouge when the bus crashed killing three people and injuring dozens others in August 2016. Among those killed were St. John District Fire Chief Spencer Chauvin, Jermaine Starr and Vontarous Kelly.

According to Louisiana State Police, authorities were responding to an early morning crash on Interstate 10 in Laplace.

St. John firefighters went to the scene and parked a firetruck on an angle to protect first responders and let drivers know they need to switch lanes. Flares were also put out.

A party bus driven by Amaya hit the fire truck, rear ended a car and killed two people inside before crashing into the firemen.

State troopers said Amaya’s drug test was clean and he was not on a cell phone when the crash happened.

His attorney hinted that the brakes didn't work, but a trooper who specializes in reconstructing crash scenes says based on tire marks left on the roadway the brakes were locked up but still should've worked.

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