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#TopStory : Russell Staley,truck driver charged with manslaughter of 4 girls,dead by suicide

The driver of an 18-wheeler that crashed into a bus in September 2014, killing four North Central Texas College softball players, killed himself weeks before the case was set to go to trial. 

Russell Staley, 55, of Saginaw died Friday. His manner of death was determined to be a suicide, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner's office.

Russell Staley, 55, of Saginaw died Friday.

He was scheduled to stand trial March 8 in Murray County, Oklahoma, on four counts of first degree manslaughter stemming from the Sept. 26, 2014, wreck.

Van Hedrick, the team's head coach, was driving 15 players back to Gainesville from a scrimmage in Oklahoma when a northbound semi crossed the Interstate 35 median and struck the left side of the bus. 

Brooke Deckard, 20, of Blue Ridge; Jaiden Pelton, 19, of Telephone; Meagan Richardson, 19, of Wylie; and Katelynn Woodlee, 18, of Dodd City were killed in the wreck. 

Eleven other passengers and Staley were hospitalized.

Staley was charged with manslaughter in June 2015 following a nine-month investigation by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
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