Heavenly Angels day care crash report released


by Adam Walser


Posted on October 17, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 17 at 6:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- More than four months after the Heavenly Angels day care van crashed into a tree, killing an employee and injuring 14 children, police released the accident report.
“The investigation as a whole is still ongoing. We're still combing through evidence, coordinating with the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office to determine if charges will be brought forward at a later time,” said Lt. Joe Seeley, supervisor of the LMPD Traffic Division.
WHAS11 has already verified and reported most of the information in the report, including the fact that the van's right rear tire possibly blew out, before the van crossed three lanes of traffic and crashed into a tree.
“Obviously, it's a part of the accident, whether it's a manufacturer's defect of a maintenance defect,” said Lt. Seeley.
The new report says speed may have been another possible factor, indicating the estimated travel speed of the van was between 46 and 50 miles an hour in a 35 mile an hour zone.
Perhaps the biggest surprise in the report is that it seemingly contradicts information contained in an investigation conducted by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, issued two weeks after the crash.
In that report, the state indicates only four child safety seats were in use.
The LMPD report shows eleven child seats were in use.
The Cabinet report also indicates three or four young children shared one lap belt.
The LMPD report says three children were wearing seat belts, but only two were seated together.
“We are aware of witness statements and visualizations on the scene of who was probably restrained and who was not. I think we're comfortable in the evidence we have,” said Seeley.
While police have ruled out alcohol use by van driver Keisha Tiller, they have not determined if she was under the influence of drugs.
The toxicology report might take another two months to complete.
Until then, police aren't speculating on whether any charges will be filed.
“I can't generalize that. It's just not fair to anyone at this point,” said Seeley.