Parents suing man accused of crashing into Albuquerque school bus

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ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Families of students who were injured when a Mustang crashed into an Albuquerque Public Schools bus are filing a civil lawsuit.

Parents have filed a complaint against Mario Perez, who police say was driving recklessly when he crashed into the busload of students at George Sanchez Middle School in February.

The lawsuit also targets Perez’s auto insurance and Albuquerque Public Schools.

The lawsuit alleges Perez was “traveling above the posted speed limit,” which witnesses told investigators at the scene.

The bus driver told Albuquerque police that the white Mustang Perez was driving came out of nowhere as the bus passed through the intersection between Gibson and Messina.

“And I started to clear him and by the time I had about cleared him the guy came and hit the back of the tires. I was almost on the other side already,” Jaime said. Rios, APS bus driver.

The lawsuit also points to the bus driver – saying he ‘failed to yield to passing traffic which resulted in the collision that tipped the APS school on its side’.

Seven students were taken to hospital with injuries ranging from bruises to broken bones.

Perez was also seriously injured. He now faces a long list of criminal charges.

KOB 4 contacted the attorneys representing the families and they declined to comment.

APS said it does not comment on ongoing litigation.

Perez appeared in court virtually Monday, where his attorney pleaded not guilty. These are the 17 recent child abuse charges he is currently facing for the February crash.

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