Woman charged with drunken driving in weekend bus crash
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — A Rhode Island woman police say was drunk when she was involved in a crash with a school bus full of adults and children returning from a Roman Catholic shrine’s Christmas light display has been released on $2,500 bail.
Not guilty pleas to charges including drunken driving were entered on behalf of 27-year-old Christy Gilpatrick, of Warren, Rhode Island, at her arraignment in Taunton on Monday.
Police say about two dozen people were hospitalized after the crash in Berkley, Massachusetts at about 9:45 p.m. Saturday. Most had minor injuries but at least two people suffered serious injuries. They were returning to Tiverton, Rhode Island, after a visit to La Salette Shrine in Attleboro.
Gilpatrick’s attorney said his client was “very cooperative” after the crash and even helped evacuate the bus.