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Trucker Who Hit School Bus Fined, License Suspended

Kelly Jay Braden, 48, Monroe, Mich., has been fined $797.50 and had his right to drive in Ohio suspended for six months.

Braden was driving a semi truck, pulling a dump-style trailer, east in the 24000 block of US. 6 in Ridgeville Township, Henry County, about 4:06 pm, Wednesday, March 27, when he struck a stopped Archbold school bus.

The bus, driven by Joann M. Cousino, 57, rural Archbold, had just dropped off two children. There were two other children on board.

The semi struck the right rear corner of the bus, tearing it open and exposing two rows of seats. It was declared a total loss. The semi tractor cab was torn from the truck chassis.

The children were not injured. Cousino and Braden were both treated and released at the Fulton County Health Center.

Following an investigation, the Henry County Sheriff Department issued a traffic citation detailing three charges against Braden: failure to stop for a stopped school bus, failure to maintain an assured clear distance ahead, and speeding– 67 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone.

Charges were filed Monday, Aug. 26.

At a hearing in Napoleon Municipal Court Thursday, Sept. 5, Braden entered no-contest pleas to all three charges.

Information from the Ohio State Bar Association website states with a no-contest plea, a defendant admits to the facts of the charges against him, but he does not admit guilt.

The court fined Braden $500 on the failure-to-stop charge. As a holder of a Michigan driver license, his right to drive in Ohio was suspended for six months. He was assessed $97.50 in costs.

He was fined $125 for failure to maintain an assured clear distance ahead, and $75 for speeding.