Driver Charged with Striking, Injuring Teens with Pickup 21 Jan 17

OTSEGO, Minn. (AP) — A criminal complaint says the driver of a pickup truck that struck and seriously injured three high school students in Otsego told investigators he never saw the school bus stopped with its flashing lights or the teens who were about to board it until it was too late.

Twenty-two-year-old Cody Scott Pech is charged with three felony counts of criminal vehicular operation. Unconditional bail was set at $50,000 Friday.

Two of the 15-year-old students from Rogers High School remain hospitalized in critical condition. The third student is in serious condition.

The bus driver and students on the bus told investigators the stop arm was extended and red lights were flashing on the bus when the pickup plowed into the students Thursday morning.

Pech’s next court appearance is March 1.

  • Druenny Erikson

    Buses need to better their visibility. With better and brighter, more of led lighting. Yesterday, I drove by a bus with it’s lights on. My headlights are probably 4 times brighter than all the lights on that bus combined. Very poor lit and designed! Personally, I wouldn’t allow any school buses used until those issues are fixed.