A Carbon County woman, who previously pleaded guilty to striking three people at a bus stop, was placed on probation yesterday in Carbon County Court.
Maxine A. Royer, 53, Summit Hill, was placed on probation for a total of two years by Judge Joseph J. Matika on charges of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.
Royer was arrested by Summit Hill police for an incident on Feb. 7, 2013, at the intersection of Market and Hazard streets. The incident occurred about 8:35 a.m.
Injured in the incident were two children, and one adult. One of the children, an 8-year-old, required hospitalization. The other injured child was 7 years old. The adult injured was Brian Newton.
According to Police Chief Joseph Fittos, Royer was westbound on W. Hazard Street traveling at a higher than reasonable speed, blowing the horn on her car. A school bus was stopped to pick up students. Fittos noted that the area was congested at the time.
Royer made a right turn onto Market Street where she struck the 8-year-old girl. The girl was dragged for a distance of over 25 feet. Royer then backed up her vehicle and ran over the 7-year-olds' foot. She was the sister of the first girl struck.
Newton was struck as he attempted to help the injured girls.
Yesterday Royer said she was sorry for what happened. She told Matika, "The last thing I wanted to do is hurt anyone, especially a child."
Matika noted he had received numerous letters of support for Royer from family members and members of her church.
Royer repeatedly express remorse to the families of the victims.
Matika noted that in a presentence investigation report prepared by the adult probation office, it was noted that Royer has a great love for children and is dedicated to her church. He also said he felt her actions the day of the incident were a lapse in judgment and she did not mean to hurt anyone.
Matika added, "Although you acted irresponsibly I believe probation is appropriate."
It was noted that the district attorney's office reached out to the victims to submit a victim's impact statement and a request for any damages, but none of the victims responded to the request.
A civil action is pending in the matter filed against Royer.
In addition to the probation time, Matika ordered Royer to render 100 hours of community service and get a mental health evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment.
On a summary offense of a stop sign violation she was fined $25. She must also pay court costs, which average about $1,000.