Families of St. Ignatius hockey players injured in recent bus crash sue truck driver

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Parents of the St. Ignatius College Prep students injured in the Nov. 12 accident address reporters regarding the filing of their lawsuit. Photo credit Cavanagh Law Group

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) - Lawyers for the families of more than two dozen St. Ignatius College Prep hockey players and coaches who were on a bus that was hit by a semi in Warsaw, Indiana earlier this month said the driver should never have been allowed behind the wheel of a truck.

The families, represented by the Cavanagh Law Group, noted that the truck driver, Victor Santos, had a blood-alcohol content of .13 when he ran a stop sign and slammed into the bus.

They include Eileen Murphy, whose son, Emmett, was injured.

“I would never want to see that man out of jail nor would I ever want to see him behind the wheel of any vehicle again,” Murphy said.

Parent Karl D’Cunha will never forget the call from his son, Kris. He was at dinner with other parents.

“First, I said (to) everyone in the room, ‘shut up!’ I put it on speaker. I said, ‘Kris, tell me again what you just said.’ And, he said, ‘dad, we’ve been hit by a truck, a lot of people are hurt,’” D’Cunha recalled.

Santos, the truck driver, is charged with 26 felony counts of causing serious bodily injury while operating a vehicle and criminal recklessness.

He’s a registered sex offender in New York.

Attorney Timothy Cavanagh said he's been previously charged with violating federal trucking safety regulations and failure to register.

A lawsuit names Santos, N&V Trucking Express, based in New Jersey, and B&W Cartage International, Inc., based in Michigan, operating multiple entities.

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