Drunk Driver from RI Caused Bus Crash, Leaving Several Seriously Injured
Berkeley, MA - A woman from Warren, Rhode Island has been accused of driving under the influence, with the end result triggering a violent bus crash. The crash happened in Berkeley, and it caused several people, including children, to leave the scene of the crash injured. The woman was arraigned in Taunton District Court on Monday, December 3, 2018.
Christy Gilpatrick, age 27, pleaded not guilty to all of the following charges:
- Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol
- Negligent operation of a vehicle
- Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, with serious injuries as a result
The court ordered her to be held on $2,500 bail.
Officials present at the scene of the crash stated there were approximately 23 people on the school bus at the time of the crash. All 23 people ranged in age from infants to elderly adults. The school bus crashed in the woods along Route 24 this past Saturday, December 1, 2018. Many children and adults had to face serious injuries, including but not limited to a broken jaw, broken ribs, blood in the lungs, and crushed vertebrae.
When police officials arrived on scene, they questioned Gilpatrick about the crash. She allegedly stated that she had been drinking prior to the accident. Gilpatrick also failed a series of sobriety tests at the scene of the crash and registered a blood alcohol content twice the amount of the legal limit. This blood alcohol content level was taken twice, both reading the same results.
According to prosecutors, Gilpatrick had initially switched lanes. In the process of doing so, a chain reaction occurred; her car hit a black car, the black car swerved in front of the bus, and all three vehicles had become involved with a highly serious crash. When the black car swerved is when the bus veered off into the woods.
Officials stated that the bus was on its way back to Tiverton, Rhode Island when the crash occurred. All passengers had just come back from a popular Christmas festival in Attleboro.