Police: Bus driver who hit 3 teen girls will be charged

8:51 PM, Feb 22, 2012   |    comments
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After Tuesday's accident, the three girls were all taken to the hospital, and the victim with the most serious injuries is still recovering at Children's Hospital Colorado.

Forty-three-year-old David Shaw, a substitute bus driver for JeffCo Schools, hit the girls at the intersection of South Simms Street and West Brandt Place at 3:09 p.m. on Tuesday.

State Patrol investigators haven't charged Shaw yet, but say he will be charged in this case.

Shaw was making a left from Brandt on to southbound Simms. He had a green light, according to investigators. The girls were heading east across Simms, had the walk signal, and witnesses say they looked both ways.

"They did have what's considered the right of way as pedestrians in a crosswalk, with the illuminated signs. Anytime that you may have the right away, that doesn't negate looking both ways whether you're a driver or pedestrian," Trooper Josh Lewis, with the Colorado State Patrol, said.

All three of the 14-year-old students from Summit Ridge Middle School were taken to St. Anthony Hospital on Tuesday afternoon. One was later airlifted to Children's Hospital in Aurora.

State Patrol says she had serious bodily injuries at the time of the accident.

A spokesperson for Children's Hospital says the teen is currently listed in fair condition, which is between good and serious condition. The spokesperson says the teen's family denied a request for a comment.

State Patrol says the other two girls have been released from the hospital.

JeffCo Schools says Shaw has been with the district since October and did receive his 98 hours of training, which is required for substitute drivers.

State Patrol is still doing mechanical inspections on the bus as part of the investigation, but they say Shaw will be charged because he failed to give the right of way to pedestrians.

"It could be anywhere from a traffic infraction based on what happened in the incident. It's a possibility that it could go as high as some sort of a careless driving or careless causing injury. It all depends on what happens in the investigation," Lewis said.

No one came to the door when we stopped by Shaw's home on Wednesday afternoon and he has not returned our phone calls for a comment.

Shaw remains on paid administrative leave with JeffCo Schools, which is standard procedure while the investigation is ongoing.

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