DALLAS (AP) – A Texas truck driver accused of causing a 2014 crash in Oklahoma that killed four college softball players has died by suicide at his home.READ MORE: Grapevine Police Seek Armed Robber Who Hit Convenience Store On William D. Tate Avenue
The prosecutor in the Oklahoma case, Murray County District Attorney Craig Ladd, confirmed to The Oklahoman that 55-year-old Russell Staley died just days before a scheduled court hearing.
Tarrant County medical examiner’s office records show Staley died Friday of a gunshot wound at his home north of Fort Worth, Texas.READ MORE: 'I Feel Like I'm Doing Something That Actually Matters' Says North Texas Mom Who Became Truck Driver Amid Nationwide Shortage
Staley was scheduled for trial in March on four counts of manslaughter in the deaths of the softball players from North Central Texas College.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol determined Staley lost control of his semitrailer on Interstate 35 near Davis, Oklahoma, crossed the center line and crashed into the team’s bus.MORE NEWS: Tarrant County Prosecutor Chris Taylor Appointed Judge For Texas' 48th District Court
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