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School Bus Driver Charged With DUI After Crash

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NEW CASTLE, Del.- Delaware State Police say a school bus driver was charged with DUI and related offenses after leaving the scene of a crash in New Castle County on Thursday morning.

Troopers said the incident occurred at 8:32 a.m. as Kimberly Ogorek, 51, of Bear, drove a 2008 Blue Bird school bus east on Cox Neck Road. Police said the bus veered off of the south edge of the roadway, struck a mailbox and a guy wire, returned to the roadway, and continued traveling east.  

Police said that after the crash the 30 students aboard the bus, all between 5 and 12 years old, were dropped off at the Southern Elementary School. Troopers said that once the school's staff was alerted to the crash the students were evaluated by the school's nurse. None required immediate medical treatment. Some were later treated for minor injuries. 

Investigators said that after dropping off the students, Ogorek briefly returned to the scene of the crash, but did not exit the bus or contact the mailbox's owner. She then returned to the bus yard, police said. Troopers, who had been alerted to the crash by the mailbox's owner, interviewed Ogorek at the bus yard and reportedly were told the crash was the result of Ogorek trying to avoid a raccoon that was in the roadway.  

Police said Ogorek was transported to Troop 2 where troopers determined that, at the time of the crash, she was under the influence of a prescribed medication. She was charged with driving under the influence of a drug, leaving the scene of an accident, failing to report an accident, failing to remain in a single lane, and 30 counts of endangering the welfare of a child. She was released on $17,000 unsecured bail.  

Investigators said the crash caused the guy wire to snap, and the utility pole to which it was attached split into two pieces. Since the pole was attached to supported utility wires, it did not fall. The crash and pole repair did not impact traffic, police said.

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