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Spotsylvania school bus driver accused in Prince William accident that hurt nine students
Spotsylvania school bus driver accused in Prince William accident that hurt nine students

Date published: 12/13/2012

By Portsia Smith

Spotsy driver charged in school bus crash

A Spotsylvania County woman is charged in a Prince William County school bus crash that injured nine students.

Police responded to the area of Bethlehem Road and Sudley Manor Drive near Manassas around 2 p.m. Tuesday for a school bus crash, Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok said.

The investigation revealed that the driver of a 2007 Thomas school bus was traveling northbound on Bethlehem Road approaching Sudley Manor Drive when Perok said she disregarded a stop sign at the intersection.

When she made a right onto Sudley Manor Drive, she came into the path of a 1999 GMC truck, he said.

Perok said the bus driver and nine students on the bus, between the ages of 14 and 18, were transported to an area hospital after the crash. Only minor injuries were reported, he said.

Following an investigation, the bus driver, Veronica Ofelia Espinosa, 37, of Virginia Pine Court in Spotsylvania, was charged with reckless driving.

Perok said she was released on a summons.

--Portsia Smith

Services for Bishop Sullivan scheduled


--Services are scheduled next week for former Bishop Walter F. Sullivan, the late spiritual leader of Roman Catholics in the Richmond Diocese.

Sullivan died Tuesday at his home in Richmond. He was 84.

Sullivan will lie in state starting at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Church in Richmond. An ecumenical service will be held that evening. The next day, Dec. 19, a funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the cathedral.

Sullivan was bishop of the Richmond diocese for 29 years.

He retired in 2003.

As the 11th bishop to head the Richmond diocese, Sullivan was known as one of the more progressive leaders in the Catholic Church.

day care workers made children fight


--Two Delaware day care workers charged with encouraging and videotaping a fight between two 3-year-old boys have pleaded guilty to assault and conspiracy charges.

Estefania Myers and Lisa Parker appeared in court Wednesday.

The judge sentenced Myers to 10 years in prison but suspended the sentence for one year of probation, during which she cannot work or volunteer in a day care. Parker's sentencing is Jan. 30.

A third co-defendant has been offered the same plea deal. Her trial is tentatively scheduled for Monday.

Police say the cellphone video shows one child screaming and crying while being punched by the other, who also is punched and shoved into a table.

Investigators say the day care workers are shown and heard laughing and encouraging the March altercation at a Dover center.