Fatal Bus Crash; Cement Truck Driver Arrested

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

The Leon County Sheriff's Office has been meticulous with the investigation into the crash that killed Ronshay Dugans and it turns out that recklessness is to blame for the little girl's death.

September fifth, 27 students were riding home on the bus from Apalachee Elementary when a cement truck slammed into the bus at Orange Avenue and Capital Circle Southeast. Now, the man responsible for turning a routine bus ride into a nightmare for children and parents has been arrested for vehicular homicide. But this is only a small bit of restitution for the family of Ronshay Dugans who was killed in the crash.

SGT Lonnie Seay, with the Leon County Sheriff's Office said, "Through our investigation we hope to give the family some closure in the end, so they can know what happened to their loved one. I don't know that it will ever minimize anything of that nature, but we want to make sure we give family answers to what happened to their loved one in any case."

The man in jail, 24-year-old Marchaun Andrews, also faces several counts of reckless operation of a motor vehicle. The police report says Andrews swerved and flipped his cement truck onto the bus, pushing it thirty feet into two other cars in the intersection. His truck was carrying about 30 thousand pounds of concrete. But before that--witnesses say he was speeding and erratically changing lanes. One witness, an ex-police officer, even saw the USA Ready Mix truck run a red-light at Mahan and Capital Circle Northeast 15 minutes before the crash.

Sergei Kireyev, a Tallahassee resident said, "His life and career is forever now in jeopardy, so it's sad for both sides, I feel bad. But at the same time everyone has to take responsibility for their own actions."

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