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6-Year-Old Killed In School Bus Crash; Alcohol Involved

A six-year-old boy was killed in a bus crash in Calumet Township, Indiana on Thursday, and officials are saying that alcohol and traffic offenses were involved in the fatal incident.

About the Fatal School Bus Crash

A police officer witnessed the crash around 8 a.m. on Thursday, and it was reported that a Honda Civic drove right past a stop sign and into the side of a school bus carrying three students.

Police have said that alcohol contributed in some way to the collision between the car and school bus.

The person driving the Honda had two young passengers in the car, with one of them being Malachi Waiters, of Gary. He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead, while the other young passenger suffered from minor injuries.

It was reported by the sheriff’s department that the driver of the Honda had a suspended driver’s license, and he also had an “outstanding warrant for driving while suspended” from an earlier incident. He was transported to the hospital and then taken to the Lake County Jail for causing a death while operating a vehicle.

At this time no charges have been filed against the man driving the Honda, and the crash is still under investigation by police.

Indiana Car Crash Statistics

The following statistics from 2014 were provided by Indiana Criminal Justice Institute:

  • 4% of fatal crashes involved drivers that were legally impaired by alcohol while driving, and led to a total of 101 deaths.
  • In 2014 alone there were 743 fatalities reported from automobile crashes.
  • Over 205,000 traffic collisions that caused injuries took place, which is an increase from the previous year.

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