St. Ignatius hockey players sue semi driver, trucking companies over serious bus crash: lawyers


Chicago (WLS) — ChiPopular hears from parents that their children have broken bones, head injuries, and emotional trauma that will last forever.

Sixteen members of the St. Ignatius College Prep Juniors varsity hockey team, their parents and two coaches are sued for three counts after a truck driver crashed into a player’s school bus on Nov. 12 in Warsaw, Indiana. caused

At least 16 members of the team were injured, three of them seriously. The team was returning to the hotel after a hockey tournament.

The lawsuit names truck driver Victor Santos and various transportation companies as defendants.

The complaint accuses them of negligence for their willful and negligent disregard for the safety of players and coaches on the bus.

Several parents of injured hockey players have spoken out this morning, including Wendy Cooke, whose 15-year-old son Alex suffered a facial fracture, concussion and seizure.

“The coach had to get the boys off the bus. Alex was the last to get off the bus…the coach thought he lost,” Cook said.

Indiana officials said the cicada was seen veering back and forth across the highway before the crash, traveling more than 140 kilometers per hour. Police said the truck drove through a red light and overturned the school bus.

Santos, who is also a registered sex offender, was arrested and charged with multiple felonies.

Officials said his blood alcohol level was nearly double the Indiana legal limit. An attorney for the bereaved family said Santos previously had safety reasons and he should not have been out.

“Employers are obligated to do a background check. He weaponized his truck that night,” said attorney Stacey Kavanaugh.

ChiPopular has contacted the shipping company but have not received a response yet.

Meanwhile, some students are still not feeling well enough to return to school, and one student remains in the hospital.


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Written by Natalia Chi

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