Trial Set for Texas Bus Driver Accused in Deadly Crash

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

FORREST CITY, Ark. (AP) - An attorney for a Brownsville bus
driver says diet pills, not drugs to help stay awake, are what
police found on her client after a November bus crash in Arkansas
that killed four people.
Twenty-eight-year-old Felix Badillo Tapia is facing four counts
of criminally negligent homicide.
Authorities say a metal pill box Tapia carried contained Itravil
-- a drug that works as an amphetamine and is banned for sale in
the United States.
But Tonya Alexander, Tapia's attorney, says what authorities
really found are diet pills. She's challenging the idea that Tapia
used the drug to stay awake while driving a charter bus from
Chicago to Dallas.
Tapia was driving for the company Tornado Bus when he crossed
the median on Interstate 40, then collided with a pickup truck and
a tractor trailer.
Three bus passengers and the pickup truck driver were killed.
More than 20 others were injured.
Tapia's trial is set for November.

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