A cement truck driver was charged this week with vehicular homicide for alleged drugged driving that caused a crash in Locust Valley that killed a bus driver six months ago.

Nassau County police Tuesday arrested Raymond Ragen on a slew of charges including vehicular manslaughter, driving while ability impaired by drugs in a commercial vehicle, assault, reckless driving, drug possession and other counts.

Police said the 44-year-old Mineola man was high on drugs and talking on his cell phone while driving Oshkosh cement mixer truck eastbound on Oyster Bay Road when he crashed into a Long Island Rail Road overpass near Matinecock Court on July 23, 2012.

The truck then hit a westbound school bus, killing its driver, 45-year-old Jorge Guevara of Locust Valley. Four boys and a 64-year-old man on the bus were treated for minor injuries.

Ragen will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead.



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