No criminal charges for school bus driver in fatal Kaukauna crash

Kaukauna school bus accident scene
Yellow tape surrounds the Kaukauna school bus accident scene (Photo: WBAY)

KAUKAUNA, Wis. (WBAY) – A bus driver who hit a 12-year-old boy in a Kaukauna intersection on the first day of school will not be criminally charged.

Kaukauna Police say drug and alcohol testing came back negative for bus driver Anthony Ritacco.

Police consulted with the Outagamie County District Attorney’s Office and decided not to charge Ritacco. He has been issued a citation for Failure to Yield right of way to a pedestrian. That ticket costs about $98.

Justin A. Johnson. (Photo provided)
Justin A. Johnson. (Photo provided)

The crash happened Sept. 6, 2016. Twelve-year-old Justin Johnson, a 7th grader at Riverview Middle School, was walking home with friends when he pushed the crosswalk signal at the corner of E. 2nd St. and Crooks Ave. As Justin entered the intersection, a school bus turning left onto E. 2nd St. hit the boy.

Ritacco had a green light–but not a green arrow–and was waiting for oncoming traffic to clear before he turned left, police say.

Ritacco was driving a Kobussen Bus at the time of the crash.

He has 30 years of school bus driving experience, and a clean driving record, police said.