Red Deer, Alberta – A Red Deer woman faces charges of impaired and dangerous driving after the school bus she was operating struck a tree Monday afternoon in the Vanier Woods neighbourhood.
A witness who observed the collision called 911 after the school bus collided with a tree and a sign, then continued to drive for a short distance through Vanier Woods before stopping. RCMP attended the scene of the collision on Valley Green at 4 pm along with Red Deer Emergency Services and fire staff. EMS staff assessed the driver and the children who were on the bus and determined that no one had been injured in the collision. The school bus contained elementary school age children between the ages of 5 and 12 years old.
Red Deer RCMP initiated an impaired driving investigation at the scene and continued that investigation into the evening, culminating in four criminal charges against the school bus driver.
42 year old Shelly Joy Kolodychuk of Red Deer faces the following charges:
- Criminal Code 253(1)(a) – Impaired operation of motor vehicle
- Criminal Code 253(1)(b) – Operate motor vehicle over 80mg
- Criminal Code 249(1)(a) – Dangerous operation of motor vehicle
- Criminal Code 252 – Fail to remain at scene of collision
Kolodychuk is scheduled to appear in court in Red Deer on July 12 at 8:30 am.
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Cpl. Karyn Kay
Red Deer RCMP
Director of Community Relations
Red Deer Public School District
For Immediate Release
June 5, 2017
Red Deer RCMP investigate collision involving a school bus
Red Deer, Alta - On June 5, 2017 at 4:00 P.M. the Red Deer RCMP responded to a single vehicle collision involving a school bus. The collision took place in the Vanier neighborhood and resulted in the school bus striking a tree and sign.
There were eighteen students on board the bus at the time of the collision; no injuries were reported. The school bus was transporting students from the Red Deer Public School system.
Police continue to investigate the cause of this collision and an update will be provided when available.
Cpl Ron Bumbry
K-Division Media Relations Group
(780) 509-3970 (Option 5)