Driver accused of leaving scene of school bus crash surrenders to police

News-DemocratJanuary 25, 2014 

— The driver of a car that struck a school bus Friday has surrendered to police to face charges.

Andrew W. Jones, 19, turned himself in to the Fairview Heights Police Department at 4 p.m. Friday and told them he was the driver of the passenger car in a two-vehicle accident earlier that day.

According to earlier reports, the First Student school bus was southbound on Sullivan Drive south of Longacre Drive just after dropping off 60 students at Illini Elementary School when a car veered from its lane and struck the bus.

The car sustained serious damage, but the driver then disappeared. The bus driver, who was the sole occupant of the bus at that time, was not injured. Both the car and the bus had to be towed from the scene.

Jones was charged with operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a property damage crash, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and improper lane usage. He has posted his valid driver's license and was released from custody, according to police.

Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at edonald@bnd.com or 239-2507.

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