this day in crime history: may 14, 1988

carrolltonOn this day in 1988, an intoxicated driver named Larry Wayne Mahoney drove his pickup truck onto Interstate 71 in Kentucky. Mahoney was traveling north. In the southbound lane. Around 11:00 PM, he collided with a Church activity bus that was returning from a trip to the Kings Island amusement park. The crash caused a ruptured fuel tank, which resulted in the bus catching fire. Twenty-seven of the bus’s sixty-seven passengers were killed. Thirty-four more were injured. It was the deadliest drunk-driving accident in US history, and the second deadliest bus accident.

Mahoney was convicted of twenty-seven counts of manslaughter and sentenced to sixteen years in prison. He was released after serving just short of eleven years. A memorial next to Interstate 71 marks the site of the crash.

Further reading:

Wikipedia – Carrollton, Kentucky bus collision

The Cincinnati Enquirer – Drunken Driver Lives in Obscurity

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2 thoughts on “this day in crime history: may 14, 1988

  1. John D.:
    I didn’t even remember any of this.
    And he only got SIXTEEN years for TWENTY-SEVEN deaths?

    Shoulda got at LEAST a year for each person killed.
    And then, he gets released EARLY?

    Nice to know the justice system back then was much like today…it sucks.
    Any bets as to whether he is once again DRIVING?
    My money would be on “yes”.

    Good story.

    Stay safe out there.

    Like

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