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Street racing a factor in school bus/SUV crash, police say


Peoria police say street racing was a contributing factor to a Monday evening crash involving a school bus and SUV in the North Valley neighborhood.

Police responded to Jefferson and Bryan around 6 p.m. Several students and the driver aboard the Peoria Public Schools bus were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

All four occupants of the SUV were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Peoria police spokeswoman Semone Roth said Maurice Young, 21, was identified as the driver of a Camaro racing the SUV. Young was arrested for speeding more than 35 miles per hour over the speed limit, street racing, driving without a license, and on separate Peoria and Tazewell County warrants.

The driver of the SUV was a juvenile, who was arrested for disregarding a traffic control device, failure to reduce speed, driving under the influence of drugs, driving without a seat belt or driver's license, reckless driving, street racing, speeding more than 35 miles per hour over the posted speed limit, and illegal transportation of cannabis.

The Peoria County State's Attorney's Office is reviewing the case for formal charges.