The impact left a large gash on the bus and dislocated one of its tires. (Photo by Jaymie Baxley/The Pilot)×4 remaining of 5Thank you for reading! We hope that you continue to enjoy our free content. Police say the driver of an Aberdeen town garbage truck was intoxicated when he struck a school bus last week.Jessie Alen Haggins, 44, is charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a commercial vehicle after the consumption of alcohol and failure to stop before turning.The charges stem from a motor vehicle accident that occurred about 7:30 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Sandy Springs Road and Walkabout Drive in the Sandy Springs development.An Aberdeen Public Works vehicle crashed into the side of a bus carrying at least 20 students to the Sandhills Theatre Arts Renaissance School in Vass. No one was injured, but the impact left a large gash on the bus and dislocated one of its tires.The students, who were scheduled to take their end-of-grade tests later that day, were picked up about 8 a.m. by a second school bus. A spokesperson for STARS, a charter school, said the tests were postponed until Tuesday in response to the accident.Haggins has been placed on suspension, according to Aberdeen Town Manager Paul Sabiston. The town will make a final decision on Haggins’ employment after the Aberdeen Police Department completes its investigation, Sabiston said.
A Brooklyn lawyer was sentenced Thursday to one to three years in prison for driving drunk when he was involved in a crash that killed a 21-year-old Ronkonkoma man on the Long Island Expressway.
Raj Jadeja pleaded guilty to manslaughter, assault, driving while intoxicated and driving while ability impaired by combined influence of drugs and alcohol in March at Nassau County court.
Police have said the 36-year-old man was driving a BMW eastbound on the LIE when he struck another BMW driven by George Ragotte, who had slowed down to avoid a two-vehicle crash in Plainview at 2:13 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015.
The victim was taken to Nassau University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead four hours later. Jadeja and the drivers in the initial crash were treated for their injuries.