Update: Man Who Crashed into Special-Needs Bus Possibly Facing DUI

He told police he drank a six-pack before the accident.

The Philadelphia man who into a transport van that held five mentally handicapped adults on Ridge Pike last week could be facing DUI, Patch learned yesterday.

According to a incident report detailing the Feb. 21 accident, after being transported to Chestnut Hill Hospital for a head injury he sustained in the crash, the driver, 45, admitted to an attending nurse that he had been drinking. The nurse notified police, and after officers arrived at the hospital, the man admitted he drank a six-pack of beer that afternoon and consented to have blood drawn for testing. Charges are pending the results.

The accident itself occurred on Ridge Pike near Joshua Road at 3:17 p.m. The driver of the transport van told police that as he was heading eastbound down Ridge he noticed a Red Ford Crown Victoria heading westbound in the outside curb lane. As it neared the van, the Ford suddenly swerved to the right, striking the curb, before swinging back left—across the double yellow line and directly into the path of the van.

In addition to the apparent head injury the driver of the Ford sustained, one of the special needs adults the van was transporting was taken to after complaining of stomach pains. All other parties, including a passenger in the Ford—the driver’s wife—were uninjured.


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