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Brooklyn driver faces charges after Chicago youth hockey team crash

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  • A New York truck driver faces more than two dozen felony charges after a weekend collision between his semi-trailer and a Chicago youth hockey team bus in northern Indiana injured 16 student athletes. officials said.
  • Victor Santos, 58, of Brooklyn, New York, has been charged with four counts of serious bodily injury while armed with a deadly weapon and 22 counts of criminal negligence while armed with a deadly weapon in Kosciuszko County, the Warsaw Police Department said Monday. has been applied.
  • Santos faces one charge for each of the 26 people who were on the bus carrying hockey players and coaches from St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago when it crashed in Warsaw on Saturday night.

NEW YORK — A New York truck driver faces more than two dozen felony charges after a collision between his semi-trailer and a Chicago youth hockey team bus over the weekend in northern Indiana injured 16 student athletes, authorities said.

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Victor Santos, 58, of Brooklyn, New York, has been charged with four counts of serious bodily injury while armed with a deadly weapon and 22 counts of criminal negligence while armed with a deadly weapon in Kosciuszko County, the Warsaw Police Department said Monday. has been applied.

Warsaw Police Captain Brad Keller said that officers are “recognizing the semi-trailer operating in this manner as a lethal weapon.”

Santos faces one charge for each of the 26 people who were on the bus carrying hockey players and coaches from St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago when it crashed in Warsaw on Saturday night.

Online court records do not list an attorney who could speak on behalf of Santos, who is scheduled for a preliminary court hearing on Thursday.

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The junior varsity youth hockey team was playing in a tournament in nearby Culver when a semi truck driven by Santos collided with the team bus, which flipped onto its side, injuring 16 student hockey team members.

School officials said two hockey players remained hospitalized on Monday while the remaining 14 players were treated and discharged.

“It’s going to be a long road to recovery,” Spencer Montgomery, St. Ignatius University director of hockey and head coach, told reporters Monday, the Chicago Tribune reported.

At the time of the accident, police said the hockey team was on its way to a hotel after dinner in Warsaw, about 120 miles (193 kilometers) southeast of Chicago.

Police said the bus was carrying the driver, two coaches and 23 students aged between 14 and 17 years.

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