The traffic case of the driver of a sod truck involved in the fatal school bus accident on March 26 is scheduled to go before a county judge at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the St. Lucie County Courthouse.The bus driver, Albert Hazen, of Port St. Lucie, was cited for being at fault in the accident. Hazen was fined $1,000 and his license was suspended for six months for failing to yield while making a left turn onto Midway Road, from Okeechobee Road.As he turned, the sod truck hit the school bus.
The Florida Highway Patrol wrote up truck driver Charles Cooper, 24, of Virginia, for technical violations: not properly filing out a state-required trip travel log. And the truck brakes needed adjustment, according to an FHP accident report. However the report said that didn’t contribute to the collision.Cooper’s case goes before County Judge Philip Yacucci. Cooper is represented by a private attorney.The parents of a student killed in the accident, Aaron Beauchamp, have filed a lawsuit against Cooper and the company he worked for, Cypress Truck Lines.
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