WARSAW, Ind. — A New York truck driver faces greater than two dozen felony charges following a weekend collision in northern Indiana between his semitrailer and a Chicago youth hockey staff’s bus that injured 16 of the scholar athletes, authorities stated.
Victor Santos, 58, of Brooklyn, New York, is charged in Kosciusko County with 4 counts of inflicting severe bodily harm whereas working a car whereas intoxicated, and 22 counts of prison recklessness whereas armed with a lethal weapon, the Warsaw Police Department stated Monday.
Warsaw police Captain Brad Kellar stated authorities are “recognizing the operation of a semi-tractor trailer in this manner as the deadly weapon.”
Santos faces one rely for every of the 26 individuals who had been on the bus carrying hockey gamers and coaches from Chicago’s St. Ignatius College Prep when Saturday night time’s crash occurred in Warsaw.
Online courtroom information don’t listing an lawyer who might converse on behalf of Santos, who’s scheduled for an preliminary courtroom listening to Thursday.
The junior varsity youth hockey staff was enjoying in a event in close by Culver when the semitrailer pushed by Santos collided with the staff bus, which flipped onto its aspect, injuring 16 scholar members of the hockey staff.
Two of the hockey gamers remained hospitalized Monday, whereas the remaining 14 gamers had been handled and launched, faculty officers stated.
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“There’s going to be a long road to recovery,” Saint Ignatius’ hockey director and varsity head coach Spencer Montgomery advised reporters Monday, the Chicago Tribune reported.
At the time of the crash, the hockey staff was headed to a lodge after having dinner in Warsaw, positioned about 120 miles southeast of Chicago, police stated.
The bus was carrying the driver, two coaches and 23 college students who ranged in ages from 14 and 17 years previous, police have stated.