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Man responsible for fatal Ind. wreck apologizes as he faces new charges

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Roger Crum Jr., speaking from Clark Co. jail Wednesday. Roger Crum Jr., speaking from Clark Co. jail Wednesday.

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- He was given a second chance. But did he blow it? 

A former city of Jeffersonville garbage truck driver who pleaded guilty to criminal recklessness after a fatal crash, is back in jail.

Roger Crum Jr. was arrested earlier this month for possession of a controlled substance and driving on a suspended license; that violates the terms of his probation.  It is also why he is back in jail.

"Oh, I am excited. I hope that he never gets out," says Jimmy Burrier, victim's father.

In 2010, Crum had taken painkillers when his truck crashed into a car driven by Burrier's daughter, Bethany.  Crum was later charged with reckless homicide but avoided jail time with a plea agreement that included lesser charges of criminal recklessness.  Police say he has now violated that agreement.

Burrier says, "Now everybody can see what he really is.  He's a drug dealer, he's a drug abuser."

Crum was arrested earlier this month by Charlestown police and since then he has been locked up at the Clark County jail. He is charged with possession of a controlled substance.

In a jailhouse interview, Crum explains, "First thing he said was I pulled you over for license plate light out and oh, you're driving on a suspended license."

As part of the plea agreement, Crum was sentenced to four years probation and his drivers license was suspended.  He says he did not violate that agreement.  "The plea deal that I signed -- I was one year operators license and four years CDLs and by my calendar my one year was up on my operators license."

But that still doesn't address the drug charge.  Crum says, "I had um, mine and my daughter's medication in my pocket and not in the proper containers."  

Meanwhile, Burrier says his family is still grieving, and still waiting for the apology Crum promised after the plea agreement.

Burrier says, "Man up and say, that you know I did it, I was in the wrong. How hard is that?"

Crum may never get the chance to do it in person; however, we gave him the same chance as he headed back to his jail cell.

Here's what he had to say: "From the bottom of my heart, I am sorry. I deal with it every day just as they do."

Crum is scheduled to be back in court next month.  If it goes to trial, that is scheduled to happen in March.

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