Thursday, October 22, 2009

No Charges In Neubert School Bus Accident

Algonquin police said Wednesday they will not file charges in Monday's incident in which a schoolbus wheel ran over the legs of a second-grader at Neubert School.

For the incident to have occurred the bus had to move when it wasn't supposed to at the same time the child was in a position in which he shouldn't have been.

On that latter, Deputy Chief Steve  Kuzynowski said according to witness reports the boy "at some point lost his balance."

How the stopped bus moved is more of a mystery. The still-unidentified bus driver was assisting another student at the rear of the bus at the time. A check of the bus's parking brake Tuesday found it in working order and the driver told police she'd set it, Kuzynowski said. However, he added, in terms of driving law it didn't matter if she did or not.

"There's nothing in the Illinois Vehicle Code that says she had to do that," Kuzynowski reported.

Kuzynowski said police intend to interview the boy who was reported to have undergone surgery Tuesday but held little hope they'd learn much more than they already know. "He's only seven years old," he observed.

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