Driver in Masters Week bus crash indicted on 21 charges

Charges include serious injury by vehicle, DUI, and failure to maintain lane

Driver in Masters Week bus crash indicted on 21 charges
Steven F. Hoppenbrouwer is charged in the crash of a bus carrying Masters Patrons during April 2018

COLUMBIA COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - During Masters Week 2018, a bus carrying patrons from Atlanta to the Augusta National overturned on I-20. Now, the driver of that bus is indicted.

On Wednesday, Oct. 17, a Columbia County grand jury indicted 61-year-old Steven F. Hoppenbrouwer with 18 counts of serious injury by vehicle, 1 count of driving under the influence of drugs, 1 count of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, and 1 count of failure to maintain lane.

Steven Hoppenbrouwer (source: Columbia County Sheriff's Office)
Steven Hoppenbrouwer (source: Columbia County Sheriff's Office)

The crash happened at around 8:45 a.m. Thursday, Apr. 5 about 5 miles from the Wrens exit of I-20. Georgia State Patrol’s investigation determined that the bus ran off the right side of the road and Hoppenbrouwer over-corrected, causing the bus to roll over in the median.

Eighteen passengers were aboard the bus when it crashed and several were taken to Doctors Hospital and Augusta University Medical Center for treatment. Some were severely injured. One of the passengers, Kip Plowman, described the experience in a video recorded at Doctors Hospital.

Masters patron Kip Plowman recounts experience of tour bus crash

Hoppenbrouwer waived his initial court appearance back in April and bonded out of the Columbia County Detention Center the day after the crash.

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