A 25-year-old woman is facing DUI charges for an accident in Tallahassee that killed a 65-year-old school bus driver and injured four others on the bus. The crash occurred at approximately 2:30 a.m. on April 18.
The bus was carrying the track team from Florida High School. They were returning from Jacksonville, where they had competed in a meet. According to authorities, the bus was traveling westbound on Apalachee Parkway when the woman, who was driving the opposite direction in a Camry, turned onto Conner Boulevard and crashed into the bus.
The collision caused the bus to go off the road and hit a traffic light pole. The driver died immediately. Two coaches and two students suffered minor injuries and were transported to a hospital.
The driver was arrested and charged with DUI. She was released from jail that afternoon after posting $1,000 bond. She is scheduled to be arraigned next month.
According to a televised report on the WCTV's Eyewitness News, authorities say they are still investigating the auto accident. It was not reported whether the charges against the alleged drunk driver might be upgraded considering that there was a fatality.
One Florida High parent expressed the feelings of many when they hear about someone allegedly driving while under the influence. "Here we go again with another drunk driver out endangering the lives of people," she said. "People really need to consider their habits and what they're doing and how they affect others."
Many times when we hear about collisions between automobiles and large vehicles like trucks and buses, the people in the cars are the ones who fare the worst. However, people in large vehicles, particularly drivers, can indeed be seriously, if not fatally, injured. Sometimes it is difficult for a bus or truck driver to maneuver quickly to avoid a collision with a drunk or otherwise irresponsible driver.
Source: WCTV, "Driver of Florida High Bus Dies Following Accident" Lanetra Bennett, Apr. 18, 2014