Police: Driver suspected of fleeing after hitting 2 students outside Willowick school bus was in a hurry to get to work

Police: Driver suspected of fleeing after hitting 2 students outside Willowick school bus was in a hurry to get to work
Willowick intersection

WILLOWICK, OH (WOIO) - Police provided more details regarding a suspected hit-and-run driver who fled from the scene after hitting two children who were exiting a school bus in Willowick.

According to crash investigators, the 18-year-old woman turned herself into Willowick police in the presence of her attorney on Tuesday.

Police: Driver suspected of fleeing after hitting 2 children at Willowick school bus was in a hurry

The driver, who will not be identified until documents are filed in court on Wednesday, is expected to face four charges in connection to the incident.

  • Failure to stop after an accident
  • Driving left of center
  • Illegally passing a bus
  • Reckless operation of a vehicle

Police said the woman told investigators that she received a call from work and was in a hurry to get to her place of employment on Monday afternoon when she hit the two boys.

Officers initially responded Monday afternoon to the intersection of East 300th Street and Barjode Road after witnesses say a woman driving a red car with temporary tags hit the two juvenile students. Hours later, police located the suspect’s vehicle at a Cleveland Clinic campus, but it wasn’t until Tuesday when police first questioned her.

Both boys were treated for minor injuries.

The female driver is scheduled to make an initial court appearance for the four misdemeanor charges on May 30. She faces various fines, up to six months in jail, and a suspended license if found guilty.

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