Victor Santos, 58 of Brooklyn, New York, is currently in jail in Warsaw, Indiana after his involvement in the incident where over a dozen junior varsity hockey players and coaching staff were injured. He is now charged with four counts of causing serious injury while driving under the influence and 22 counts of criminal recklessness.
Santos refused to cooperate with police and blood test was only drawn after warrant was obtained
New details on the terrible crash have been released by the Warsaw Police this afternoon. South Bend Tribune reports that Santos was seen swerving across U.S. Route 30 and ran a red light before his truck hit the school bus.
The junior varsity hockey players from St. Ignatius College Prep were in town for a hockey tournament. Three of the students were critically injured in the immediate aftermath of the crash, as police said one student was ejected from the bus.
Warsaw Police released this statement Tuesday,
“Some of these injuries are extremely serious and we continue to pray for the full recovery of all the students, coaches and the bus driver who unfortunately fell victim to these crimes. The crash occurred a little after 8 p.m. on Saturday as the truck struck the St. Ignatius bus at the intersection of U.S. 30 and Center Street on the western edge of Warsaw. The truck was going southwest on U.S. 30, and other drivers had called in to 911 that it appeared to be swerving in between lanes. Seconds before the crash, the truck failed to stop at a red light.”
Santos did not consent to an after-incident blood draw. Investigators eventually got a warrant to perform a blood draw, the results of which are still pending. Warsaw Police also said the collision was captured on surveillance video, which confirmed witness accounts that the truck ran a red light.
This is a developing story and Back The Truck Up will post updates as new information is available.