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Van driver charged in crash that killed TTC passenger

08/16/2013 12:10 EDT | Updated 10/16/2013 05:12 EDT
The driver of a van that slammed into a TTC bus on Tuesday, killing a female passenger, has been charged.

Toronto police announced Friday that Vicente Bacobe Arbis, 40, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with:

- Criminal negligence causing death.

- Two counts of criminal negligence cause bodily harm.

- Dangerous operation causing death.

- Two counts of dangerous operation causing bodily harm.

- Dangerous operation.

He is scheduled to appear in court Friday.

The crash happened when an eastbound cube van plowed into the idling bus near the intersection of Middlefield Road and Steeles Avenue, killing 52-year-old Ranjana Kanagasabapathy as she was boarding the bus and sending 12 others to hospital.

Kanagasabapathy was married with two children.

Questions have been raised about the cube van driver's actions in the lead-up to the crash. One witness said he saw the man talking on a cellphone, which police have not confirmed.

The company operating the van, Wilby Commercial Ltd., imports and distributes snack foods from the Philippines.

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