School Bus Driver Arrested for DUI with 30 Children on Board

Credit: James Cridland

Police say that an intoxicated school bus driver hit a mailbox and damaged a utility pole while she was driving a school bus filled with children. She has been charged with DUI, leaving the scene, failure to report an accident, failing to remain in a single lane, and thirty counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

The accident occurred at 8:32 a.m. Thursday on eastbound Cox Neck Road west of Clarks Corner Road in New Castle when Kimberly Ogorek, 51, of Bear, Delaware told police she swerved to avoid hitting a raccoon.

Officials say that Ogorek was transporting thirty children, aging from 5 -12 years old to Southern Elementary School when she lost control of her bus. Ogorek veered off the road and hit a mailbox and a guy wire supporting a utility pole.

Investigators say Ogorek then regained control of the bus and kept going, dropping the students off at school. Some of the students were reported to have suffered minor injuries as a result of the incident.

According to investigators, Ogorek was under the influence of prescription medication at the time.

Ogorek has been released on $17,000 unsecured bail.

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