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Summit Hill woman pleads guilty to hitting 3 at bus stop

Published October 23. 2013 05:00PM

A Carbon County woman who struck three individuals at a bus stop in Summit Hill, including two elementary school children, entered a guilty plea in the county court on Tuesday.

Maxine A. Royer, 53, of Summit Hill, appeared before Judge Joseph J. Matika and pleaded to one count each of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person, both misdemeanors, and a summary offense of stop sign violation.

Royer was arrested by Police Chief Joseph Fittos for an incident on Feb. 7 about 8:25 a.m. at Market and Hazard sts.

She was initially charged with three counts of simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, and one each of stop signs and yield signs, driving at a safe speed, careless driving, and meeting or overtaking a school bus.

Injured in the accident were two children, and an adult, Brian Newton. One of the children, an 8-year-old, sustained serious injuries that required hospital treatment. The other injured child was 6.

According to Fittos, Royer was westbound on W. Hazard St. traveling at a higher than reasonable speed, blowing the horn on her car. A school bus was stopped to pickup up students. Fittos noted the area was congested with parents, students and vehicles.

Royer made a right turn onto Market 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-old girl's foot. She was the sister of the first girl struck.

Newton then was struck as he attempted to help the injured girls.

All three injured received medical treatment.

Matika deferred sentencing and ordered the adult probation office to prepare a presentence investigation report. Sentencing should occur in about 30 days.

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