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Driver admits to drug use in traffic death

Driver admits to drug use in traffic death

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BLOOMINGTON - A Tennessee truck driver admitted Friday that he was high on cocaine more than a year ago when he ran over and killed a Bloomington man with his tractor-trailer.

Prosecutors in return agreed to dismiss a reckless homicide charge and seek no more than six years in prison for Robert Trout in the Sept. 26, 2004, death of Robert Colvin.

Colvin, 50, died at a local hospital after he was found lying in the 1400 block of Sheridan Street after being struck by the semi truck.

Trout pleaded guilty Friday to aggravated driving under the influence of drugs and violating the Illinois Motor Carrier Safety Law by carrying cocaine within his vehicle.

The Dresden, Tenn., man will face between one and six years in prison when Judge Ronald Dozier sentences him March 27 in McLean County Circuit Court.

Assistant State's Attorney Jeff Horve said there are several disputed facts between prosecutors and the defense surrounding why Trout drove away from the scene after running over Colvin.

According to court records, Trout swerved his truck several times and drove the rig over a curb and onto grass while Colvin was hanging from the passenger side.

Colvin fell under the truck and suffered fatal pelvic fractures, authorities have said. Trout on Friday agreed his actions were "a proximate cause" of the accident that led to Colvin's death.

A Bloomington Police detective told a coroner's jury in December 2004 that a witness said the altercation started when Trout tried to leave a Bloomington truck stop without paying for cocaine.

The witness said Colvin hung from the cab of the truck, yelling that he wanted the cocaine back before getting run over by the rig.

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