Regional Police say charges have been laid in connection with a crash last month that seriously injured a St. Agatha teen.  

13-year-old Lydia Herrle remains in hospital after she was struck by a waste disposal truck as she was getting off a school bus on Erbs Road.

Staff Sergeant Scott Diefenbaker with Traffic Services told 570′s Gary Doyle Show, police have concluded that driver distraction was a factor. “This was an absolute tragedy that didn’t need to happen. It’s certainly preventable,” Diefenbaker said.

This morning, police announced the driver of the truck has been charged with several offences. 37-year-old Jason Arndt of Kitchener is charged with failing to stop for a school bus, careless driving, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm and criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

He’s scheduled to appear in court July 31st.

Meanwhile, Lydia’s family released a statement today. It reads:

“Our lives have been forever changed since May 17, and we do not know to what extent Lydia will recover from the injuries she has sustained.  We continue to entrust her to the Sovereign Lord who created her and gave her to us.  We do not bear any ill will towards the person(s) charged.  We are trusting that God, in His timing, will bring about healing and restoration for all whose lives have been adversely affected by this incident.”