Woman Accused of Causing Greyhound Bus Crash Dies

LONOKE, AR - The allegedly delusional passenger accused of grabbing the wheel of a full Greyhound bus in July and crashing it into marshy woods along Interstate-40 has died.

Lonoke County Prosecutor Lona McCastlain's office says the Army base at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, sent notice that Victoria Combs died on November 24.  Combs was 27.

McCastlain's office says Combs' death will end her prosecution, but the case will remain active until the office receives a death certificate or an autopsy report.  Determination of the cause of death is pending, though authorities say drug and alcohol bottles were found near the body.

No one was killed in the wreck near Kerr, but 11 people were taken to hospitals after the July 9 crash.

Authorities say Combs was afraid passengers were spraying her with drugs and otherwise trying to harm her.  After the crash, Combs was held for a time at the State Hospital for a mental exam.  Combs was charged with 47 counts of aggravated assault, one charge for everyone on the bus, including the driver.

Combs had pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

Court documents showed Combs living at the Fort Campbell base.

The bus was bound from Nashville, Tennessee to Dallas.

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