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COLLINGDALE (PA– A young girl waiting for a school bus was struck by a car on Springfield Road this morning.

The accident occurred shortly before 8 a.m. at the intersection of Springfield and Clarendon Roads, Police Chief Robert
Adams said.

Bystanders were tending to the injured child when officers arrived at the scene. The victim was conscious, but bleeding from her mouth and crying, Adams said. She was transported to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia by ambulance. Her condition was unavailable.

The driver of the striking vehicle, a 63-year-old woman, was transported to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital by Briarcliffe Ambulance after suffering chest pains, according to Adams.

Several witnesses were interviewed by police at the scene. Springfield Road was closed for about 45 minutes after the crash.

The incident remains under investigation by Cpl. Mark Finley. Darby and Aldan police assisted at the scene.

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The state Superior Court has reinstated all charges against a Lake City man who was accused of recklessly killing one teen and injuring another in a Route 97 school bus stop crash in 2011.

The appeals court, overturning a 2012 ruling by Erie County Judge Shad Connelly, said there was enough evidence for the prosecution to argue that the defendant, Tyler Festa, 20, acted with criminal recklessness.

Based on its review of the evidence, the court found Festa should have been prepared to stop when he encountered children crossing the dark highway to board a school bus, which had not yet stopped moving but whose driver had activated its yellow caution lights.

The court also found that Connelly erred when he ruled there was not enough evidence to prosecute Festa on a charge of simple assault because Festa was not operating his car in a manner calculated to cause death or serious bodily injury.

"It is evident that the vehicle ... was used in a manner that caused serious bodily injury and death," the court wrote.

With the ruling handed down Friday by a three-judge panel, Festa again faces a felony charge of homicide by vehicle, misdemeanor counts of involuntary manslaughter, recklessly endangering another person and simple assault, and a
summary count of reckless driving in connection with the death of 13-year-old Ashley Clark and the injury of Taz Gianelli, then 17, on the morning of Dec. 20, 2011. The two were struck as they crossed Route 97 to board the Fort LeBoeuf
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A girl, 15, claims she was assaulted and had her pants pulled down Monday by boys on her school bus.

Channel 11's Amy Marcinkiewicz reported that the victim attends Central Valley High School and is scared to go to school, and until the bullying stops, her mother said she’d not sending her daughter back.

According to the victim’s mother, one boy on the bus grabbed her daughter and pulled her pants down while another boy recorded the assault on his cell phone.

The victim told Channel 11 that this was not the first time the boys assaulted her.

The girl’s mother told Marcinkiewicz that the school district previously promised that the boys would not be back on the bus. Now, she wants answers, and is concerned about what could happen next if action is not taken.

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A group of Milford parents say that their children are being put at risk each time they board the school bus.

At its meeting Thursday night, the Quakertown Community School Board grappled with a decision to move a school bus stop off a busy road and into a neighborhood. It’s a move that some officials fear might lead more parents to petition for a school bus stop change.

In January, a group of about 30 parents from the Streamview Way neighborhood first approached the school board, seeking to move their kids’ bus stop.  The bus stop is at the intersection of Streamview Way and Allentown Road.

With a speed limit of 45 mph, Allentown Road has limited visibility and heavy truck traffic, and vehicles often come speeding down the busy state road, said parent Brett Bauz.

A number of drivers use that stretch of Allentown Road as a shortcut between Route 309 and Route 663 in the Quakertown area.

This month, parents met with board leaders and presented them with evidence that the bus stop was dangerous, including several state police reports that cite drivers for reckless driving after swerving around the school bus as elementary school students are getting on the bus.

“There’s clearly something going on with our bus stop,” said Bauz, of Streamview Way, on Thursday.

Noting that the Milford bus stop is generating more drivers’ citations than all of the bus stops across the district annually, board member Paul Stepanoff agreed that a change is needed.

Parents want the school bus to loop around the horseshoe-shaped neighborhood and pick up the kids at a stop inside the development rather than stop in the middle of traffic on Allentown Road.

But board member Kelly VanValkenburgh urged caution.  “I don’t find any credence that the neighborhood is any more a safer haven than the mouth of the neighborhood,” she said, arguing that children’s safety might also be at risk if they are playing in their neighborhood street or running to catch the bus. “People are definitely trading one set of risks for another set of risks.”

The Streamview development is one of 23 Quakertown school bus stops on Allentown Road.

VanValkenburgh also reminded the board that approving a bus stop move for one neighborhood could prove to have a domino effect, where other groups of parents ask school officials to allow the school bus to loop through their neighborhoods. It eventually could lead to more fuel costs, longer bus rides and a change in school scheduling, she warned.

The board agreed to further review the matter and consider revising the policy for changing a bus stop, which might include requiring a specific number of police citations for motorists who violate school bus traffic stop laws before a school bus stop change is made.

“We will review it in the policy committee, which may or may not result in any action,” said school board President Bob Smith, regarding Streamview Way.