JOLIET – An Indiana truck driver involved in a crash that killed five people on an interstate southwest of Chicago has been charged with reckless homicide.
The indictment also alleges 51-year-old Francisco Espinal-Quiroz of Leesburg, Indiana, had physical conditions preventing him from driving safely, including a complete loss of vision in one eye.
The Will County state's attorney's office announced the new charges Thursday.
Earlier charges accused Espinal-Quiroz of falsifying entries in a logbook tracking the number of hours spent behind the wheel. He pleaded not guilty to those charges.
The crash took place July 22 on Interstate 55 near Channahon. The semi-truck struck several vehicles stopped in a construction zone.
His attorney did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment Thursday.
His arraignment is Sept. 9.