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Brighton teen charged in school bus crash

Posted at: 10/15/2012 4:32 PM
Updated at: 10/15/2012 5:53 PM
By: Amanda Ciavarri

The teen driver of the car that crashed into the back of a school bus in Brighton is facing serious charges.

Police say they charged John Zakhary with a number of violations including reckless driving.

All four teens went to the hospital, but just one remains hospitalized. Scott Collins is at Strong Hospital in guarded condition.
On Monday, police charged Zakhary with reckless driving, speed not reasonable and prudent, failure to stop at stop sign, violation of a restricted junior driver’s license and failure to keep right. Most of the charges that Zakhary is facing are traffic violations. The charge of reckless driving is a misdemeanor.

Brighton Police Chief Mark Henderson says the driver is accused of speeding, running a stop sign and failure to keep right. Chief Henderson says that before hitting the bus on Warren Avenue, Zakhary was driving “well above the 25 mile an hour speed limit.”

Chief Henderson says that the failure to keep right charge is from before the accident. He would not say if there was an almost collision with another car on the road at the time, just that it happened before the car hit the bus.

Zakhary is also charged with violating a junior license because he had too many people in the car.

Police are now working with the district to better monitor young drivers.

The chief also said he just spoke to Collins family and they say Scott Collins is still in the intensive care unit at Strong and his family has no official statement right now.

Zakhary is expected to be in court to answer to today's charges Monday October 29. His mother told News10NBC that right now they have no comment on the accident or the charges.