Teen Charged in Fatal Bus Crash Asks for Juvenile Court Proceeding


A Glastonbury teenager charged in connection with a school bus crash that killed another teen in Hartford will appear in court on Oct. 14 and he is asking the judge to transfer his case to juvenile court.

Christopher Toppi, 17, was charged with negligent homicide in the Interstate 84 crash on Jan. 9 that killed Vikas Parikh, 16, of Rocky Hill.

Toppi was scheduled to be arraigned on Monday in Hartford Superior Court, but his case was continued to Oct. 14 for a hearing on whether to move the case to juvenile court, where proceedings are not open to the public and punishment is generally less severe.

Parikh was on a school bus headed to a robotics competition when the crash happened. About a dozen other people on the bus were injured.

Witnesses told police that Toppi's car and the bus collided while merging into the same lane of the highway, sending the bus down a 20-foot embankment.

Toppi's lawyer, Michael Georgetti, says Toppi will plead not guilty.

Toppi is also charged with failure to drive in the proper lane and traveling too fast for conditions.

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