Driver of December school bus crash faces multiple charges


NEW HEMPSTED, New York. Ramapo police announced 26 felony and misdemeanor charges against a driver who injured several children when his school bus crashed into a pole, cars and house on the morning of December 1st.

Chiam Feder is charged with assault in the second degree on three counts; one count of reckless danger in the first degree, a felony; 21 counts of endangering a child’s welfare, misdemeanor; and one count of reckless driving – misdemeanor.

The 37-year-old resident of Monsey was also charged with 31 traffic violations.

On Tuesday afternoon he was arraigned by The Honorable Judge Coplen of New Hempstead Village Court and released without bail with a future trial date.

Police said the arrest came after weeks of evidence gathering and an extensive investigation into the plane crash.

At 8:57 a.m. Dec. 1, the bus hit a pole, crashed into a tree, went over the roadway and collided with unoccupied cars before rolling down a hill, hitting several more trees before crashing into a house at 37 N. Southgate Drive, police said . Officers found multiple injuries in passengers aged 4 to 10. Significant material damage was caused.

According to the DMV government records, the bus was registered to “KONG; TALMUD; TOR; TSHBR; NPLS; World Cup; INK,” the police said at the time.

The congregation Talmud Torah Tashbar Nachlas Chaim, which has a postal address in Monsey and a postal address in Spring Valley, is listed as a passenger carrier in the management information system of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Administration.

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