Picture from road of Ohio State Highway Patrol car facing the horizon
Ohio State Highway Patrol car

GERMAN TOWNSHIP – Hermanio Joseph, 35, of Springfield, was arrested Wednesday and charged with fourth-degree felony aggravated vehicular homicide after a fatal school bus crash Tuesday in Clark County.

There were 22 students injured in the incident on State Route 41 (Troy Road) near Lawrenceville Road in German Township at 8:16 a.m.  

Joseph was charged in Clark County Municipal Court. If convicted, he could face six to 12 months in prison and/or a $5,000 fine, according to court documents.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2016 International school bus from the Northwestern Local School District was traveling westbound on State Route 41 when it was struck by a 2010 Honda Odyssey minivan that was traveling eastbound on State Route 41 and went left of center.

The school bus subsequently went off the right side of the roadway and overturned as a result of the crash.

One juvenile passenger of the school bus was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The school bus was operated by Alfred E. Collier, 68, of Springfield. Collier suffered minor injuries but was not transported. The juvenile passengers were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

One juvenile passenger was transported to Children’s Hospital with serious, life-threatening injuries.

Joseph and his passenger, Roberto Mompremier, 37, Springfield, were transported to Springfield Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Springfield Township Fire Department and EMS, German Township Fire Department and EMS, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Clark County Coroner’s Office, Clark County Engineer’s Office, Dan’s Towing and the Ohio Department of Transportation.

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