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Hit-and-Run Driver that Caused School Bus Crash to Serve Minimum of 5 Years

A Lancaster man convicted of causing a multi-vehicle crash involving a school bus was sentenced to prison on Friday.

Man Responsible for School Bus Hit-and-Run to Serve At Least 5 Years

According to reports, James P. Irvin III, 48, was ordered to serve five to 20 years in state prison after being convicted of 68 charges connected to a May 17, 2017 crash that occurred on Route 30 in East Lampeter Township, according to a release from the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office.

Irvin was traveling 71 mph while accelerating while attempting an illegal pass. His actions caused the chain-reaction crash involving a school bus with 14 students from the Lancaster Mennonite School which overturned onto its side.

Irvin fled from the scene in a white Chevy Malibu but was arrested six days later. Irvin’s conviction was after a non-jury trial in May, during which he faced charges of aggravated assault and hit-and-run.

Judge Howard Kinsley issued the sentence and mentioned Irvin’s poor driving record since 1988 and scolded him driving without a license since 2006. According a release, Irvin was driving up to 400 miles a week in more recent years.

During sentencing, Irvin apologized telling the court “I wasn’t raised to end up here. I know I made a lot of mistakes. I really don’t have any excuse.”

Hit-and-Run Statistics

More than one hit-and-run crash occurs every minute on U.S. roads, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. These resulted in 2,049 deaths in 2016 – the highest number on record and a 60 percent increase since 2009. With the number of hit-and-run crashes on the rise, AAA is calling for drivers to be alert on the road in order to avoid a deadly crash and always remain on the scene if a crash occurs.

  • An average of 682,000 hit-and-run crashes occurred each year since 2006.
  • Nearly 65 percent of people killed in hit-and-run crashes were pedestrians or bicyclists.
  • Hit-and-run deaths in the U.S. have increased an average of 7.2 percent each year since 2009.
  • Per capita, New Mexico, Louisiana and Florida have the highest rate of fatal hit-and-run crashes while New Hampshire, Maine and Minnesota have the lowest rates.

Hit-and-Run Prevention

  • Be Aware: Pedestrians may act unpredictably and can walk into the path of travel at any point.
  • Be Cautious: Look out for small children and be alert to areas where there are likely to be more pedestrians. These include school zones, playgrounds, bus stops and intersections.
  • Be Patient: When trying to pass a pedestrian or cyclist, give plenty of space and keep them in your line of sight.
  • Be Vigilant: Drivers should always yield to pedestrians, even if they walk into the road from an area other than a crosswalk.

Contact an Experienced Automobile Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury after being involved in an auto accident, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. Our experienced auto accident injury attorneys are available to respond to car crashes at any hour, day or night. Our lawyers understand that the immediate acquisition of evidence is paramount to understanding how the accident occurred. We will take immediate action on your case.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan AntonioAustin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Remember, your choice does matter. Contact us today for a free legal consultation. Attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

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