Ricky Martinez was cited for two counts of careless driving causing bodily injury, one for each student critically injured in the Sept. 1 crash. If convicted, he would have eight points, four for each charge, on his CDL, not enough for him to lose his license. However, he could be fined between $500 and $5,000 and/or be sent to jail for six to 18 months for each charge.
Martinez’s grain truck hit the left rear corner of the bus as it was unloading students. A preliminary investigation indicated he had dozed off. State Patrol spokesman Jim Wolfinbarger told the Denver Post that Martinez could have been working extra-long hours to keep up with the end-of-season demand for grain haulers.