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Man accused of causing Albuquerque bus crash remains jailed

April 3, 2022 GMT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A case against a man accused of causing a school bus crash two months ago in Albuquerque has been moved to district court.

Prosecutors say 49-year-old Mario Perez was injured in the Feb. 23 crash and made his first court appearance Saturday.

Albuquerque TV station KOB reported that Perez was in a wheelchair and had braces on both his legs.

Police say Mario Perez allegedly was racing his car at more than 100 mph when it crashed into a school bus carrying more than 20 students.

Nine of the students were taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries and police say two suffered broken bones including a 13-year-old girl who had a pelvic fracture.

Police say Perez is facing two counts of causing great bodily harm with a motor vehicle.

A judge will decide if Perez will remain in custody until his trial. That court hearing will take place in the next 10 days.

It was unclear Sunday if Perez has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf.