Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office investigated a single vehicle crash involving a Hamilton Heights School Corporation bus that occurred on September 21, 2015 shortly before 7:30am. According to the initial investigation, the Hamilton Heights bus was southbound on Leonard Road at 286th Street, east of State Road 19 near Atlanta, when the bus drove off the roadway at what investigators estimate was approximately 40mph. The bus struck a guide wire to a utility pole then traveled along the edge of the roadway before returning to the pavement. The bus driver, identified as Janet Kay Shaw, age 53 of Arcadia, continued the bus route, picking up additional students along the way, and delivered the students to Hamilton Heights Middle School.
Hamilton Heights Schools personnel were made aware of the incident when several students notified their parents by cell phone from the bus and those parents in turn notified school personnel. Ms. Shaw was immediately removed from the bus as it arrived at the school. Students were treated for headaches, minor aches and pains, and similar issues by school nurses and none of the students expressed a desire or need to leave school for the day. No serious injuries as a result of the crash were reported among the 21 middle school and high school students on the bus at the time of the crash. The bus itself sustained minor damage.
According to the initial report, Shaw did not report the collision to law enforcement or school personnel and did not stop at the scene of the crash. The collision resulted in power lines down and a transformer malfunction causing a power outage in the area. Power in the area has since been restored.
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office arrested Janet Shaw on initial charges of:
1. 4 counts of Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Crash (A Misdemeanor)
2. 2 counts of Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Crash (B Misdemeanor)
3. 1 count of Reckless Driving (A Misdemeanor)
4. 2 counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance (A Misdemeanor)
5. 1 count of Operating While Intoxicated (C Misdemeanor)
6. 21 counts of Operating While Intoxicated Endangering a Minor (Level 6 Felony)
The employee had been a bus driver for HHSC since 2001. As with all bus drivers at HHSC and at districts across Indiana, she was subject to mandatory random drug testing screenings. She had passed all previous drug screenings.
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