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Marion County, Florida Bus Crash Statement

Official Statement

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is devastated to learn of the horrific bus crash in Ocala, Florida that killed eight people and critically injured eight more — with a total of 40 people transported to hospitals. MADD Florida is reaching out to the families affected by this tragedy to offer support at this terrible time.

This catastrophic tragedy happens to be on the anniversary of the Carrollton Bus Crash — the deadliest drunk driving crash in U.S. history which took place on May 14, 1988 in Kentucky, claiming the lives of 24 children and three adults.

MADD will be following the criminal proceedings of the alleged impaired driver, Bryan MacLean Howard, who was arrested and charged with eight counts of DUI manslaughter in connection with this crash. Whatever the outcome of the eventual trial, nothing can ever repair the life-shattering anguish inflicted upon the families of the victims through this senseless crime.

MADD looks forward to the day when every new vehicle contains impaired driving prevention technology, as required by The HALT Act, to put an end to this devastating crime.

Learning that a loved one has been killed is not only traumatic but also a horrible heartbreak that changes life forever afterward. MADD stands ready to support those who have been impacted by this crash and offers supportive services to all victims of drunk and drugged driving at no charge through local victim advocates and its 24-Hour Victim Help Line 1-877-623-3435.


Our team of compassionate, victim-focused staff and volunteers are available nationwide 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need support, call our Victim Help Line 877.MADD.HELP (1-877-623-3435). In an emergency, dial 911 or your local emergency number immediately.