Penny Gorens faces misdemeanor charges following accident
A Dushore area woman facing misdemeanor charges from a Nov. 12 school bus accident in Wilmot Township, has waived her preliminary hearing in Wysox District Court.
The Commonwealth's case against Penny Jean Gorens now moves to the Court of Common Pleas.
Gorens, 47, has been charged with two misdemeanors in connection with the Nov. 12 crash, endangering the welfare of children and leaving the scene of an accident in which people were injured.
In addition, Gorens was cited for a number of summary offenses in connection with the accident, including driving at an unsafe speed, careless driving, making false reports, and operating a school bus while holding a cell phone, police said.
Gorens will be arraigned on the charges in Common Pleas Court on March 25, according to court records.
According to state police, Gorens was driving a Wyalusing School District bus at an unsafe speed when she turned from Burke Road onto Cotter Road, and, as a result, lost control of the vehicle.
The bus, which had children aboard, left the roadway and drove off a 7-foot embankment into a field, police said.
Several students were injured in the accident, which occurred at 4 p.m. on Nov. 12, according to the police.
However, Gorens failed to check students for injury and failed to verify if the bus was damaged, police said.
Although witnesses had advised Gorens that 911 was called, Gorens fled the scene with the bus and children on board, police said.
Emergency responders later caught up with Gorens and the bus a distance from the scene.
However, Gorens refused treatment of the children at that time, police said.
None of the 40 children who were on the bus at the time of the accident were seriously injured, Wyalusing schools Superintendent Chester Mummau has said.
Gorens, who is employed by Student Transportation of America Inc., was suspended without pay after the accident.
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