Driver guilty of crash that tipped school bus with 14 students

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) - A Lancaster man has been convicted of all charges for a hit-and-run crash that overturned a school bus carrying 14 students.

A Lancaster County judge on Wednesday returned guilty verdicts on 68 counts against 47-year-old James P. Irvin III, including nine felony counts of aggravated assault and aggravated assault by vehicle, the district attorney's office said.

Irvin will be sentenced in about three months. He is in Lancaster County Prison on an increased bail of $300,000 cash.

Prosecutors said Irvin was going about 70 mph when he tried to pass two oversize tractor-trailers and their escort vehicles on Route 30 in East Lampeter Township. As he returned to his lane, he struck the lead escort vehicle from behind and caused it to sideswipe the oncoming bus, which then struck a truck and overturned.

A 6-year-old student was ejected and pinned underneath the bus. He was hospitalized for weeks after sustaining a fractured clavicle, a lacerated spleen, rib fractures, and other injuries.

A 16-year-old student sustained broken vertebrae and was hospitalized for days. Twelve other students and their driver were treated for minor injuries.

Irvin fled the crash but was arrested about a week later. Prosecutors said he was driving with a suspended license and apparently had been doing so since 2004.

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