Authorities in Bensalem are pressing charges against a woman who allegedly struck a girl on her way to board the school bus shortly after the new year.
The Bensalem Township Police say Croydon resident Kathleen Wesley was driving under the influence the morning of Jan. 6, 2020. At 7:30 a.m., Wesley allegedly hit the 12-year-old victim with her white Ford F-150.
An initial investigation showed the bus had its stop signal bar active as the victim was crossing Bensalem Boulevard. But the pick-up truck did not stop until after the incident, when it swerved and hit a utility pole.
Wesley, 35, remained at the scene to cooperate with police, according to authorities. Police arrested her Thursday.
Wesley is being held in Bucks County jail on charges of aggravated assault, reckless driving, and several others. District Judge Kevin Wagner set bail at 10% of $100,000.
First responders transported the girl to Jefferson Torresdale Hospital after the incident. Almost six weeks later, the young girl is still recovering in the hospital, according to police.
Failing to stop for a bus is a criminal offense on its own. The Pennsylvania Bus Stopping Law mandates all motorists to stop at least 10 feet away from a bus with its signal bar active.
If convicted, a violator can face a $250 fine, five points on their license, and a 60 day license suspension. TMA Bucks coordinated with the Pennsbury School District and Falls Township Police to create an educational video about the importance of stopping for a school bus, available here.