Mom of suspect involved in bus crash: ‘I’m sorry for what happened’

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Charges were filed Friday afternoon in a bus crash Thursday.

It happened at 67th and Askew near Swope Park at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The impact caused the bus to flip on its side and pushed the bus into a power pole and fence.

On Friday, prosecutors said Toryne Sanders, 33, faced a felony count of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident and another count of driving while revoked in connection to the accident.

Sanders' family was surprised to hear of the suspended license, when they spoke to FOX 4 on Friday.

"I just want my son to know please, please, son, turn your life over to God. Do what's right," Kim Harris, Sanders' mom said.

Crash investigators say it is fortunate the bus was hit at the axle and not near the gas tank, which could have caused the bus to explode.

There were several children on board at the time of the crash and two adults. The students were from Success Academy at Knox Elementary, the Kansas City, Mo., school district said.

"The families -- I'm so sorry for what happened. We apologize for the tragedy and hopefully this is a wake-up call for my son," Harris said. "I'm so sorry for the kids and I'm so glad no one got hurt."

Sanders left the crash after the accident, according to police.  A few hours later, police arrested him about five blocks away at his father's house at 72nd and Bales.

Police say Sanders did not own the car, but the car's owner said Sanders called her to apologize about wrecking her car and was concerned about the safety of the children.

According to his family, the 33-year-old has a broken hand and food, head wounds and scars on his ribs.

Police have not released what they think caused him to crash into the bus.

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