Case continued for Westport school bus driver, who crashed after dozing
Updated 9:03 am, Sunday, March 6, 2011
The arraignment of a Westport school bus driver, who dozed off and crashed his bus into a stone wall and tree one stop before dropping nearly two dozen students off at school in November, has been continued for two weeks.
Assistant State's Attorney Aaron Leonard said James Torti, 46, of Bridgeport, on Friday came to Norwalk Superior Court and asked for a two-week continuance to speak to a lawyer about the charges he faces.
Two weeks ago, Torti was charged by Weston police with 24 counts of reckless endangerment and released after posting $20,000 bond.
The arrest came more than three months after Torti, who was driving to Coleytown Elementary School on the morning of Nov. 19, told police he fell asleep at the wheel and crashed the bus he was driving on Lyons Plains Road in Weston.
At the time of the crash, Torti had just one more stop to make before driving to Coleytown to drop off 23 children and a bus monitor.
Coleytown Principal Janna Bell told police none of the children were injured, according to the arrest affidavit.
Torti, however, was hurt and sent to Norwalk Hospital after the crash.
Torti told investigators he dozed off after working a shift loading packages at UPS from 11:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. before heading out on his morning bus route.
Police obtained a search-and-seizure warrant for Torti's blood analysis, which determined that he had no alcohol or listed narcotics in his system at the time of the accident.