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8 Mexican farmworkers die in a bus crash on their way to work in Florida, USA

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Pickup driver with lengthy record held in Florida bus crash that killed 8 Mexican farmworkers.

A man with a long record of dangerous driving pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to driving under the influence manslaughter in the deaths of eight Mexican farmworkers whose bus was sideswiped by his pickup truck in central Florida. Dozens more were injured.

Bryan Maclean Howard, 41, remains jailed without bond for Tuesday’s crash where the Florida Highway Patrol says he drove his 2001 Ford pickup into the center line on a two-lane road and sideswiped a farmworker bus, causing it to veer off the road, strike a tree and flip over. Court documents giving details of what substance Howard allegedly took remained sealed Wednesday afternoon.

He told a judge by teleconference from jail Wednesday that he’s a self-employed painter and drywall installer with $700 in the bank, no other assets and no dependents. Howard’s head was bandaged and he wore a protective gown typically given to inmates on suicide watch. The judge denied bond, appointed a public defender and set his next court appearance for next month.

Howard’s parents did not immediately respond to a phone message on Wednesday, May 15th, seeking comment, and the Marion County public defender’s office declined to comment.

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