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No Charges Will Be Filed In School Bus Crash That Killed Chesterfield Girl In 2012

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FILE PHOTO: A school bus is lodged between a utility pole and a traffic light standard after colliding with a dump truck. (Credit: Paul Kurtz)

FILE PHOTO: A school bus is lodged between a utility pole and a traffic light standard after colliding with a dump truck. (Credit: Paul Kurtz)

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By David Madden

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) - Prosecutors in Burlington County have decided not to file any criminal charges in the aftermath of an accident in February of last year that claimed the life of an 11-year-old girl.

Isabelle Tezsla was aboard a school bus when it was struck by a dump truck at an intersection in Chesterfield Township. 17 of her classmates were injured. Several tickets were issued to both drivers (see related story).

The feds conducted their own probe finding negligence on both sides. Burlington County Prosecutor Robert Bernardi, in a printed statement, said his office determined that negligence “does not rise to the required level of recklessness that would be needed to bring criminal charges against any of the individuals involved in the collision.”

So there will be no prosecution, even as Bernardi expressed sympathy to Tezsla’s family and those who were hurt that day.

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