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FORT WAYNE, INDIANA — The truck driver who ran into a group of cars accelerating from a red light on U.S. 30 near New Haven, killing a Convoy woman and a Monroeville, Indiana woman was sentenced Monday.
Scott A. Saunders, 51, Kenosha, Wisconsin was sentenced to eight years in prison, but was given credit for one year served and the other seven years of the sentence were suspended. Sandra Dealey, 43, Convoy was killed when Saunders ran into the back of her vehicle on Jan. 8, 2013. Also killed was Suzanne K. Stephenson of Monroeville. The women were each wearing seat belt and were in separate cars at the time of the accident. Saunders pleaded guilty tin May to 12 charges in all, eight of them felonies, including two counts of reckless homicide and six counts of criminal recklessness in a plea agreement with the prosecution.
On that afternoon, Saunders was driving his tractor-trailer rig westbound on U.S. 30 and approached the intersection at Doyle Rd. near the I-469 interchange. The light had just turned green when Saunders plowed into the line of five cars. Aside from the two deaths, six people were hospitalized with injuries from the wreck. According to surveilance video of the crash, the stop light had been red for 52 seconds before the crash.
Saunders was not arrested until he was located in Greenville, South Carolina in January of 2014. He admitted he knew there was a warrant for his arrest in Indiana, and what the warrant was concerning.