SUV driver who crashed into 4 students at bus stop, killing 2, was impaired

SUV driver who crashed into 4 students at bus stop, killing 2, was impaired

(As originally published with videos and more photos, Wed, April 6th 2022, 2:33 PM EDT)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — The toxicology report is in, and the driver involved in the deadly crash that killed two students waiting for their bus to take them to school has been arrested.

Wednesday afternoon, investigators said Angel Antonio Lopez, 57, was on prescription sleeping medicine Temazepam and the amount he took was more than four times the legal limit when he drove his Alfa Romeo into four students at their bus stop in Royal Palm Beach.

A week ago, reports on the search warrants used to investigate what was inside Lopez’s SUV were released.

They revealed investigators and others at the scene of the crash thought Lopez was impaired when they saw and spoke with him just after the tragedy, two weeks ago, on March 22.

Wednesday, authorities said they were observing signs of impairment from the time the first deputy arrived at the scene. Lopez reportedly had slow speech and pinpoint pupils, and they said the toxicology report done since the search warrants were released confirmed he was impaired.

Lopez was heading northbound on Crestview Boulevard approaching Cypress Lake Drive just before 7 a.m. when his car “drifted to the right, over a bicycle lane, and collided with the curb with the passenger side front tire,” according to the search warrants.

SUV driver who crashed into 4 students at bus stop, killing 2, was impaired
Angel Lopez, 57, arrested for deadly school bus stop crash and the Alfa Romeo he was driving on March 22. (Palm Beach Co. Sheriff’s Office | WPEC)

The lead investigator wrote that he “observed two medication pill bottles inside the vehicle in plain view. One bottle was on the driver-side front floorboard and the other bottle was on the passenger-side front seat. Both bottles contained pills and did not have labels on them.”

He also mentioned seeing a black backpack with a zipper and shoulder straps and said Lopez allowed emergency crews to take a blood sample, which was used in the toxicology report.

The sheriff’s office expedited this case to bring closure to the families of the victims.

Tiana Johnson, 15, was pronounced dead the morning after the crash. Chand Wazir, 15, succumbed three days after the crash. The two other students who were hit are out of the hospital.

A lawyer representing Tiana’s mother tells CBS12 News while they are devastated given what happened, there is a sense of relief and appreciation.

“We are committed to working with the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. We are ready to get justice for Tiana,” said Tony Bennett on behalf of Johnson’s mother.

Bennett added, “We know very little right now. It’s going to be some time until the evidence will be released to us.”

PBSO said Lopez was arrested outside his home after work and was cooperative when he was taken into custody.

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