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Semi driver seeks lesser bail after crash with bus of hockey team in Warsaw

A New York truck driver is asking for a reduced bond as he faces more than two dozen charges for his semi crashing into a hockey team's bus on November 12 in Warsaw.

 

Initial bail in the case had been set at $77, 500.

 

Victor Santos of Brooklyn, New York, appeqared in court on Monday for an initial appearance.  Among the charges, operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury and criminal recklessness.  Court documents show Santos took a breathalyzer test and it came back at .13% when the legal limit is .08%.

 

The investigation has determined the school bus had a green arrow to turn and Santos should have stopped for a red light.  Witnesses have reported seeing the semi weaving and speeding before the crash.

 

13 members of the Chicago Saint Ignatius College Prep's hockey team were injured. The team had been playing at Culver Acadmies.

 

 

made his first court appearance on Monday for the 26 charges —  including operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury and criminal recklessness — that he faces for the Nov. 12 crash.

 

During his appearance, a motion was filed to reduce his bond. Jail records show his bail is set at $77,500. His lawyer also requested a Spanish-interpreted hearing.

 

Santos is accused of driving drunk and crashing into a school bus in Warsaw.  The bus flipped onto its side injuring 13 teenagers between the ages of 14 and 17. Three of those teenagers were taken to the hospital in critical condition. The semi driver continued west and stopped off the road and into a ditch about an eighth of a mile from the intersection.

 

Investigators believe at least one student was ejected from the bus when the semi-truck hit it from behind.

 

Dispatchers were notified just after 8 p.m. of a semi-truck swerving into other lanes and driving at excessive speeds. The truck was also reportedly driving off the road as it entered Warsaw on U.S. 30.

 

The school bus was carrying members of Chicago's Saint Ignatius College Prep's hockey team when it crashed. The team was returning to their hotel after a game against Culver Academies.

 

Original story

A New York man has been charged with over two dozen counts regarding the school bus - semi crash that occurred in Warsaw on Saturday night.

 

The Warsaw Police Department says after extensive investigation by Warsaw Police and the Kosciusko County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, these charges have been officially filed on the suspect, Victor Santos.

 

The crash involving a hockey team from St. Ignatius College Prep out of Chicago resulted in multiple injuries.

 

Santos faces four counts of Causing Serious Bodily Injury While Operating a Vehicle, a Level 5 felony and 22 counts of Criminal Recklessness (While Armed with a Deadly Weapon), a Level 6 felony.

 

Bond in this case has been set at $75,000.00 surety plus $2,500.00 cash. The investigation continues on behalf of the Kosciusko County Prosecutor.  Additional charges or enhancements could follow in the future. 

 

 

 

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