Plea deal for Brighton teen charged in connection with bus crash?

Posted at: 04/09/2013 6:57 AM
Updated at: 04/09/2013 5:56 PM

A plea deal is in the works for a Brighton teen accused of crashing into a school bus, injuring his three passengers.

John Zakhary was back in Monroe County Court Tuesday. The prosecutor tells News10NBC he is not asking for jail time. Assistant District Attorney Ray Benitez says he is asking for five years felony probation, community service and a suspension of Zakhary's driver's license.

The 16 year old is facing nine charges including three counts of assault.

Police say he was speeding and went through a stop sign on Warren Avenue in Brighton in October. All three of his passengers were injured -- one is still going through rehabilitation.

Defense attorney Larry Andolina says his priorities are to keep Zakhary out of jail and keep his criminal record clean by being designated as a youthful offender.

News10NBC asked Andolina about how his client is handling this. He said, “He’s a mess. This is a friend who was hurt bad and he's a 16-year-old kid. The world crashed in on him.”

Scott Collins, one of the passengers injured in the crash, is still not back in school. Collins has a long road ahead of him. The other two passengers are expected to make full recoveries.
Today the judge ordered a pre-plea investigation. The Department of Probation will interview Zakhary and his family to learn more about him. The judge will use that information to decide if the plea deal is appropriate.

Zakhary is due back in court on June 4.