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Families still looking for closure after fatal church bus crash

Despite facing charges, the driver accused of causing the crash - has yet to go to trial.
Posted at 6:44 PM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 18:49:14-05

DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. -- May marks one year since a pickup truck ran into a church bus along Route 460 in Dinwiddie County, killing four people.

All four victims were members of Blackstone Shiloh Baptist Church.

Despite facing charges, the driver accused of causing the crash - has yet to go to trial.

In fact, victim’s loved ones say they are frustrated because it’s been postponed three times, most recently on Monday.

Among those killed was Celeste Wynn's 85-year-old mother Constance T. Wynn.

“I do want closure,” said Celeste.

"We had a beautiful relationship and I do, I miss my mother” said Celeste, who says in one way she feels blessed. "I actually had the privilege to speak to my mom that morning.”

A few hours later her world would be forever changed when four church members were killed, and seven others were injured.

"These are people I grew up with as a child, they were mentors to me,” said Celeste.

Blackstone Shiloh Baptist Church Pastor says the latest trial postponement has everyone in the congregation “pretty frustrated.”

"So, it was July… postponed to October… postponed to March and now again postponed to May,” said Celeste.

The driver of the pick-up truck, 47-year-old Robert Allen Jr., was charged with reckless driving.

"This coming May 28, it will be a year and this man has not faced charges yet for four deaths and seven personal injuries for which we have two members still going through therapy,” said Celeste.

Celeste says calls and emails to the Dinwiddie County Commonwealth's Attorney go un-answered.

For Celeste and the Shiloh congregation, the pain is a daily struggle.

"We still trying to get through it. I don't know, we probably will never get over it, you know, we thank God he's keeping us strong and holding us together,” said Pastor Brown.

CBS 6 tried to reach the Dinwiddie Commonwealth Attorney and Allen’s Attorney, neither returned our calls.