Raymond Ragen sentenced to 5-15 years for driving high, hitting bus in fatal Locust Valley crash

Raymond Ragen was convicted of manslaughter and assault for driving high on valium and hitting a school bus in Matinecock near Locust Valley two years ago. (7/3/14)

LOCUST VALLEY - A Mineola cement truck driver who crashed into a school bus was sentenced today to five to 15 years behind bars for the fatal crash.

Raymond Ragen was convicted of manslaughter and assault for hitting a school bus in Matinecock near Locust Valley two years ago.

The driver of the school bus, Jorge Guevera, was killed in the crash. Attorney John Dalli said that the family feels justice was served today, as Ragen has a long history of drugs and convictions.

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As News 12 Long Island has reported, prosecutors alleged Ragen was high on valium at the time of the Locust Valley crash, but Ragen's attorney said the level of the drug in his system was "less than miniscule.”

In court, the assistant district attorney said Ragen had "many bites at the apple," but was "persistent in his drug use," maintaining that recklessness caused this accident.

Ragen's attorney said the incident was nothing more than an accident and he plans to appeal the sentencing.

The Guevara family is planning to sue the cement truck company that hired Ragen.

 

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