SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – The driver involved in a crash that killed three children at 54th and Main in Springfield says he hasn’t wanted to drive since that day and has been relying on his son to get him around.
Larry La Thorpe was visibly upset when he talked to KEZI 9 News outside of his Thurston home on Thursday. The 69-year-old said he was on his way to Walgreen’s on the day of the crash, driving west on Main Street, when he missed the turn to the drugstore. He said he drove to 50th to turn around and was on his way back when the crash happened.
Police have said La Thorpe ran a red light, but he said he’s pretty sure it was green.
“I thought it was green so I just kept on rolling and next thing I know I hit them. I didn’t realize it. I didn’t see them,” said La Thorpe.
In a recently released affidavit for a search warrant, La Thorpe told investigators he was going the speed limit, but witnesses said the truck appeared to be speeding. Police said a breath test showed La Thorpe had not been drinking.
La Thorpe said he’s dealing the best he can with the guilt, something he may never get over. He also wishes the best for the Hudson family.
Click on the video below to watch our full interview with La Thorpe: