No Plea Deal For Bus Driver Charged In Crash

A Grant County bus driver who was behind the wheel when she crashed earlier this year will go to trial after all.

Court papers say Angelynna Young had drugs in her system when she crashed. She was supposed to take a plea deal in the case, but that all changed Wednesday.

Once in court, Young refused to go along with the plea deal.

The Grant County district judge asked Young if she was satisfied with her legal representation, and she said no. He then asked her if she was pleading guilty and she said no.

Young asked the judge if he wanted her to say yes, at which time the prosecution withdrew the plea bargain.

Young is facing 25 charges, including cocaine and marijuana possession, assault and endangerment.

The charges stem from the crash when she drove the Grant County school bus off the road in January. Prosecutors say she had drugs in her system that day.

The crash sent 17 middle school students to the hospital. A seventh grader named Cody Shively was one of the most seriously injured. He was released from the hospital in April.

The case will go to trial next Tuesday. Young faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted.

If she had agreed to the plea deal, she may have only received 22 years behind bars with a chance for parole after 10 years

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  • by Lisa Location: Auburn, Indiana on Jun 20, 2007 at 09:14 PM
    This is so sad to read about. Drugs are taking over in every state and it is so sad that people do not care who they hurt. I feel sorry for all kids that are affected by this if at home, bus wherever drugs are at. Kids suffer the most and it is wrong. I think anyone who endangers a childs life they should be punished to the max.
  • by silverlady Location: london on Jun 20, 2007 at 03:49 PM
    There is no excuse for a school bus driver to have have drugs in her system. In Laurel County we are screened regularly. Did she ever have a drug test?If she took drugs she should have had sense enough not to endanger children.


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