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Boy In Satisfactory Condition After Being Dragged By School Van

December 20, 1986

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) _ A 10-year-old boy suffered a broken pelvis after being dragged 70 feet by a school van while French-speaking students screamed at the driver, who could not understand their cries to stop, police said.

Stephen Roth of Greenwich was in satisfactory condition Saturday at Greenwich Hospital, where he was taken after the incident Wednesday, police Capt. James Gleason said.

The van’s driver, Frank Norberto, 59, of New Rochelle, N.Y., was charged with reckless driving and making an unsafe start, police said. He was due to appear in Stamford Superior Court on Jan. 7.

Gleason said the van had traveled from Larchmont, N.Y., where Stephen is a fifth-grader at The French-American School of New York.

When Stephen got out at his home in Greenwich, his knapsack got tangled in the van’s seat belt as he closed the door. He fell to the street as he tried to run alongside the vehicle after it pulled away, police said.

As the van dragged Stephen, its three passengers, who do not speak English, yelled to Norberto. ″The kids speak French and he (Norberto) heard them but he didn’t understand them,″ Gleason said.

Children in the van also said the driver was playing the radio loudly and they had to shout over it, police said.

When the van finally stopped, Stephen was found lying just in front of the vehicle’s right rear tire, officials said.

Norberto’s supervisor, Vincent Parisi, who owns Bayview Taxi Corp. in Larchmont, said Norberto was an experienced driver with a good record.

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