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Man faces charges in school bus accident

Five students were hurt after car slammed into bus, flipping it onto its side. Driver fled scene.

Updated: 2013-02-09T03:11:38Z

By CHRISTINE VENDEL

The Kansas City Star

Jackson County prosecutors on Friday accused a 33-year-old man of running a stop sign, slamming his vehicle into a school bus and running from the scene Thursday afternoon.

Prosecutors charged Toryne M. Sanders of Kansas City with leaving the scene of a wreck and driving with a suspended license. He has 14 prior convictions for driving with a revoked or suspended license or without a valid license, according to court records.

Police arrested Sanders at a relative’s home several hours after the 4:25 p.m. wreck at 67th Street and Askew Avenue.

According to court records, Sanders told police he had been working on a house when a woman showed up and caused a disturbance. He fled the home and “believed he was driving too fast” when he came to the stop sign on Askew. He tried to stop — leaving about 100 feet of skid marks, police said — but slammed into the bus in the intersection, knocking it on its side.

Five student passengers suffered minor injuries, including a bloody nose and cuts to hands, said Officer Kevin Gooch.

Sanders told police he did not mean to hit the bus. He said he had four children and would not want to harm any children. He also told police he took “two sips of vodka” while he was working on the house, but he didn’t think he was impaired, according to court records.

To reach Christine Vendel, call 816-234-4438 or send email to cvendel@kcstar.com.

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