STOCKPORT — A man was charged Monday in connection with passing a stopped school bus, which endangered the lives of two children, police said.
Mark K. Crispino, 55, of Stuyvesant, was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor; and reckless driving, an unclassified misdemeanor, according to a statement from New York State Police.
He was also ticketed with several traffic violations, including imprudent speed, failure to stop for a school bus and improper passing on the right.
Crispino was released on an appearance ticket and is scheduled to reappear in court March 18, according to state police.
Troopers responded to the Ichabod Crane School District Transportation Department for a complaint of a vehicle that passed a stopped school bus on the right as two children were dropped off, police said. The Feb. 12 incident took place on Route 9, south of Route 9J.
A black 2017 Lincoln MKZ was captured on video surveillance passing the school bus on the right shoulder while two children exited the bus, police said. There were no injuries.
State police would not comment on where the driver was going and would not identify the students.
“It would be inappropriate of state police to comment on the identity or the familiar status of the children involved,” state police spokesman Trooper Aaron Hicks said.
Drivers must remain stopped behind a school bus while the red lights are flashing or the stop arm is out, according to state vehicle and traffic law.
“The vehicle made no attempt to stop and continued to proceed down state Route 9,” police said.
Crispino’s license plate was obscured by snow, but police tracked him down after an investigation, according to state police. Police would not say how they found Crispino.
Second-degree reckless endangerment carries a sentence up to one year in jail, according to state penal law. The case is pending.
To reach reporter Amanda Purcell, call 518-828-1616 ext. 2500, or send an email to email@example.com, or tweet to @amandajpurcell.