Dramatic Video Of Bus Crash Shown During Sentencing

More than a dozen students injured in a bus crash in Grant County looked on as video of the crash was shown in court. Their driver, Angelynna Young, was in court to learn how long she'll spend in jail.

Young was driving a school bus that crashed into a utility pole in January.

17 students were hurt, including two critically. Investigators say a drug test showed Young had cocaine, marijuana, and a prescription painkiller in her system at the time of the crash.

Young tried to change her plea this morning in Grant County Circuit Court. Her lawyer argued that he never advised her to plead guilty.

The judge dismissed the argument and went ahead with the sentencing phase.

Each child injured in the crash testified in the hearing.

The judge followed the original plea agreement, sentencing Young to 22 years in prison. She'll be eligible for parole in about 10 years.

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School bus driver sentenced to 22 years in crash

WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (AP) - A northern Kentucky woman at the wheel of a school bus during a crash that sent two middle school students to the hospital and injured 15 others was sentenced on Thursday to 22 years in prison.

Angelynna Young, 29, had asked at the beginning of her sentencing hearing to withdraw her guilty plea to drug and assault charges and go to trial, but Grant County Circuit Court Judge Stephen Bates turned down the request, The Kentucky Enquirer reported on its Web site.

Young pleaded guilty to a dozen charges in June, including obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, possession of a controlled substance, assault and wanton endangerment. In exchange, Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Crawford recommended a 22-year sentence with eligibility for parole after 122 months.

Young will be eligible for parole after 10 years and two months. Young apologized to family members of the victims as she was being led out of the courtroom to begin serving her prison sentence.

At the start of Thursday's hearing, Young told Bates she wanted to make a statement.

Young told the families that if she was in their shoes she didn't know if she would be able to forgive either. Young said she was "not the monster the media made her out to be" and that she was a divorced mother of three who took a job driving a school bus because she loved working with children. She said she was two weeks pregnant at the time of the wreck.

Video from the inside of the crashed bus was played during the hearing, leaving many in the courtroom in tears.

"The day of the accident ... was the worst day of my life," said Steve Shively, father of 12-year-old Cody Shively who was severely injured in the crash. "We didn't know if he would live. All you could do is sit and cry."

Cody's mother, Tammy Shively, was rushed out of the courtroom crying after she read a statement in which she called Young a "low life" for operating a school bus while taking drugs.

Earl Hampton, a minister who has been visiting Young since her arrest, said Young was his children's bus driver for 2½ years.

"I've had the opportunity to pray with her for the families who have suffered tremendous hurt," Hampton said.

Young crashed the bus carrying Grant County middle school students into a pole on January 17. Two of the injured students had lengthy stays in the hospital.

After the crash, police found more than 40 bottles of prescription medication in Young's apartment. A urine test showed that she had drugs including cocaine, marijuana and a prescription painkiller in her system at the time of the crash.

Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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  • by M Location: Grant County on Oct 6, 2011 at 08:17 PM
    I was on this bus when it crashed. I understand what everybody is saying about forgiveness, but it's very hard to forgive her after seeing my friends almost die when I was only 10 (I'm 16 now) because of her drug use. It took me 3 years before I was comfortable riding a bus again, and I had to have counseling. I've prayed about it and I've been working on forgiving her, but you have to consider the circumstances we were in as only middle school kids.
  • by Jessica Location: Grant County on Apr 23, 2011 at 09:50 PM
    Everyone has failed to mention that just because she tested positive for drugs doesn't mean that she was udner the influence during the accident. Child molesters are let out of jail to live in our community bc of ppl like you wanting someone who make a mistake and can have their license taken away forever and never hurt someone by driving a bus to take the place where a child molester should be. 22 yrs is way too long....God wants us to be forgiving and count on him for vengence. Her children were punished the most bc now they don't have a mother or a father...did any of you think of that??? I'm glad to hear the children have healed and are doing great but sorry to hear that there are so many ppl who haven't forgiven her bc that will ultimately keep them from Heaven.
  • by Doug Location: dry ridge on Oct 4, 2010 at 11:31 AM
    you have no idea how much better everyone is doing. cody is great and so is jacob. I hope your having fun in jail and i hope you know you're goin to be there for a long time!
  • by sabrina Location: covington on Jun 6, 2009 at 04:31 PM
    i go to that school miss and you should go to prison for the rest of your life how sad!!!
  • by Stacy Location: bath county on Apr 7, 2008 at 06:15 AM
    I cant believe that Angel would've take drugs and crash that bus... I know angel very well and I have never seen her do any drugs.. Cody was a really nice guy and right when I heard of what happen I was shocked.. Cody is a smart kid and he was a good friend to me... If I havent moved to bath county I would've been in that crash... My mom and Angel was best friends and they quit talking to each other.. I just want to say that I am very disapointed at Angel for doing that too Cody and my other friends on the bus.. Stacy King
  • by June Location: Eastern KY on Jul 9, 2007 at 05:39 AM
    Our Children are our future. Bus Drivers hold a VERY important part in our child's life. The not only have to drive but they have to watch other drivers, monitor misbehaving students on the bus so they have to super alert. I feel bus drivers need to be drug and alcohol testing on a more regular basis not at random. EVERY bus driver should be testing at least weekly. I know it is expensive to do but OUR future (thru our children) are on the line.
  • by Anonymous Location: Irvine on Jul 7, 2007 at 07:09 PM
    Ann I think you daughter shoud recieve a perfect attendance award. It is awful that they would take that away from her. I think all bus drivers along with anyone that works at a school should be drug tested no matter what. I also agree with Anthony, my children do not ride a bus either.
  • by ann Location: grant county on Jul 7, 2007 at 03:26 PM
    k in pikeville my heart goes out to you and your family-we absolutely realize how lucky we all are-from the info you gave me it sounds like the accident was just that an accident-something out of someones control, it is still a terrible tragedy, but the bus driver never went to bed the night before knowing she had to drive the bus and had snorted cocaine before getting on the bus and had marijuana and pain medicine and insomnia meds and other medicines in her system-she could have prevented it-she wantonedly endandgered the lives of not only our children but her on children, born and her unborn child and her own life-she has no respect for life in my opinion. again my heart goes out to you and your family and as you said not everyone can put themselves in your shoes.
  • by Peter Location: Down South on Jul 7, 2007 at 02:44 PM
    Ann, seriously, two of your children were in the crash, and you are worried about a perfect attendance award? How about this. Buy her an ice cream cone and be happy she's alive!
  • by K Location: Pikeville on Jul 6, 2007 at 06:06 AM
    Ann of Grant County, Unfortunately not everyone has the ability to put themselves in your position. It hard to imagine this horrific tragedy happening to them. 10 years ago a man ran off the road in his Chevy and ran over my 5 year old niece in her own yard and killed her. There were no drugs and no alcohol involved, just speeding. He spent one night in jail and had his license revoked for 6 months and 3 years probation. Is that justice? No it is not. I am thankful that at least this bus driver is in jail and that no children lost their lives in this accident. My niece was not as lucky with her life or getting justice in her death.
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