As reported by Maria Armental in the April 19, 2012 edition of the Providence Journal, a Cranston teenager has been cited in connection with a school bus crash. The teenager was driving and his car veered out of his lane and into the school bus. This caused the school bus to crash through a guardrail and into a tree. The bus was carrying children on a field trip. The children suffered minor injuries, but the bus driver was thrown from the bus. The teenager was cited for a laned roadway violation, a civil traffic violation. The teenager could be charged with criminally, with reckless driving.
Pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws 31-27-4, reckless driving is defined as any person who operates a motor vehicle recklessly so that the lives or safety of the public might be endangered, or operates a vehicle in an attempt to elude or flee from a traffic officer or police vehicle, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor for the first conviction and a felony for the second and each subsequent conviction.
He could also be charged with driving to endanger – physical injury resulting pursuant to R.I.G.L. 31-27-1.2, which is defined as:
(a) When the physical injury of any person ensues as a proximate result of the operation of any vehicle in reckless disregard of the safety of others, including violations of § 31-27-22, the person so operating the vehicle shall be guilty of "driving so as to endanger, resulting in physical injury".
(b) Any person charged with a violation of this section shall upon conviction be imprisoned for not more than two (2) years and have his or her license to operate a motor vehicle be suspended for no more than one year.
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