Kentucky driver who killed mother and her two children gets probation, no prison time

Published 5:18 pm Sunday, October 3, 2021

A Kentucky man has been sentenced to six years of probation for a fiery highway crash that killed an Evansville woman and her two children.

A Vanderburgh County judge sentenced Damon R. Busby, of Henderson, Kentucky, last week, and ordered him to wear an electric monitoring device for the first four years of his sentence.

Busby had pleaded guilty to three felony counts of reckless homicide in the September 2020 crash that killed Crystal Lawrence, 36, and her two children, Abigail, 15, and Chase, 6, the Evansville Courier & Press reported.

The Evansville woman’s minivan was stopped at a red light at an intersection on U.S. 41 when Busby’s pickup truck hit their vehicle from behind at a high rate of speed, police said.

Evansville police reviewed a dashboard video taken from a nearby semi-truck and found that Busby’s brake lights were never illuminated before the impact.

The minivan and the pickup burst into flames upon impact, police said.