Crime And Law

Driver accused in deadly Clark Co. school bus crash appears in court for bond hearing

SPRINGFIELD — The driver of a minivan involved in last week’s deadly school bus crash in Clark County made another court appearance Monday morning.

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Hermanio Joseph, 35, is facing a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide, according to the criminal complaint filed in Clark County Municipal Court, County Prosecutor Dan Driscoll, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Joseph appeared in court Monday morning for a bond hearing.

In court, a public defender asked to have Joseph’s bond, which was set at $100,000, reduced.

The judge decided to keep his bond in place saying Joseph was a flight risk and because of the seriousness of the charges.

News Center 7 previously reported prosecutors are planning to present the case to the grand jury for additional charges.

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Troopers identified Joseph as the driver of the Honda Odyssey that crossed left of center on state Route 41 (Troy Road), near Lawrenceville Road about 8:16 a.m. on August 29, and into the path of a Northwestern Local School District bus.

The bus, driven by 68-year-old Alfred Collier, also of Springfield, traveled off the right side of the roadway, down an embankment, and overturned.

The child killed in the crash was identified as Aiden Clark, according to court records.

The Clark County Coroner’s Office confirmed with News Center 7 next of kin has been notified.

The funeral for Aiden Clark is today at 11 a.m.

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As many as 26 other children on the bus suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to area hospitals. One of them suffered serious, life-threatening injuries and was taken to Children’s Hospital in Dayton. Collier suffered minor injuries but was not taken to a hospital.

Joseph and his passenger, Roberto Mompremier, 37, also of Springfield, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Both were taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center, the patrol said.

Joseph was identified by his Ohio Identification Card and at the crash also produced a license from Mexico that was determined to not be valid because of his immigration status, according to the criminal complaint filed in Municipal Court records News Center 7 obtained.

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If convicted as charged, Joseph could receive a sentence of 6 to 12 months in jail and/or a $5,000 fine, according to the criminal complaint.

The state patrol’s investigation of the crash continues.

We will update this developing story as new information becomes available.

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