School Bus Driver Charged in Fatal Accident
Charges have been filed against a school bus driver who police say struck and killed an elderly pedestrian in suburban Philadelphia last month.
Montgomery County prosecutors said 64-year-old Donna Engler of Perkiomenville was arraigned Friday on charges of involuntary manslaughter and careless driving in connection with the Sept. 9 accident in Pottstown.
Police said 78-year-old Shirley Wilhelm was out for her daily morning walk when she was hit in an intersection by the school bus as it made a right-hand turn.
Sukmjinder Singh, owner of a nearby gas station, reported that Wilhelm had bought lottery tickets and a soda the morning she was bit by the bus.
According to William Metz, owner of Metz Bus Company, Engler called him the day of the incident after watching a news report regarding a hit-and-run at the intersection of W. Charlotte and Mervine Streets.
Engler told Metz that she may have been responsible for the accident and claimed she thought she hit a bag of trash.
Investigators determined that there were no obstructions to the driver seeing Wilhelm crossing the street.
Engler was released on her own recognizance and waived her preliminary hearing, essentially sending her case directly to county court for trial.
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