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Cops: Driver in Syosset Bus Crash Was Drunk

Driver faces reckless endangerment charges and Leandra's Law violations.

LONG ISLAND, NY -- A bus driver faces a battery of charges after police found he was drunk at the wheel of a school bus that crashed into a local home Wednesday.

Frederick Flowers, 66, of Massapequa Park, while driving students home from St. Edward the Confessor School, drove the bus into a Teibrook Avenue home in Syosset, Nassau County Police reported. Five children between the ages of five and nine were on the bus at the time. None of the children were injured, which Nassau County Detectives called a "miracle" on Thursday.

"It's appalling," said Vincent Garcia, a detective with the Nassau County Police Public Information Office and a father himself. "Nassau County Police Department, we pride ourselves on our arrest records…and here you have five children under the age of nine…on a bus."

After he was airlifted to Nassau University Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries, said Garcia. Flowers' blood alcohol content was not reported.

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"We are conducting a full internal investigation and assisting authorities with theirs," said Jen Biddinger, a spokesperson for First Student bus company where Flowers worked. Though Flowers had passed all employment screenings, including ones for drugs and alcohol, Biddinger said he would be suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.

Flowers is charged with five counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated (Leandra's Law), five counts of reckless endangerment, and two counts of driving while intoxicated. Police said Flowers would likely have a bedside arraignment as he is still in the hospital.

St. Edward the Confessor officials were unavailable for comment as of this report.

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Syosset Mrs. October 04, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Why was he AIRLIFTED???? nonlife threatening injuries!!!!
rena damon October 04, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Just terrible. Thankfully, no children were hurt (or the homeowner).
Christopher DiFilippo October 05, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Fellow neighbors; Too many other incidents lately where our children are placed at risk with those we trust. These abusers have disregard for children’s safety, by making poor decisions. The time has come where adults who care for our children, especially in the education field need to allow periodic testing for drug and alcohol. This testing is currently mandated for hospital workers. We need reform forthwith, not wait until another deliberate action of a bus, car or boat crash happens again……These are not accidents by true definition…. these mishaps endanger what parents live for, and place our children at potential harm. In most cases people who suffer from drug or alcohol abuse cannot cure themselves, it requires outside intervention. We need to help them by being proactive and avoid future incidents. Please advocate for the safety of our children. Property damage can be fixed, loss of childrens lives can not.
tj December 29, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Well that would include following the rules and enforcing law and order.....The dumb american public would rather go bankrupt and watch its citizens DIE..........

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