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UPDATE: Suspected Driver Allegedly Involved in Burglary Moments Before Bus Stop Crash

UPDATE: Suspected Driver Allegedly Involved in Burglary Moments Before Bus Stop Crash Photo: MGN Online.

November 16, 2018 02:56 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The 17-year-old driver who allegedly hit a 5-year-old Byron girl at a school bus stop is also allegedly connected to a burglary that happened moments before, the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office said. 

Sergeant Kirby Long said the suspected driver was detained by deputies for a burglary in progress Wednesday afternoon. According to the police report, the 17-year-old was detained, answered questions and was released from the scene minutes before he drove through a stop sign and hit a 5-year-old being dropped off after school. 

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Long said the crash happened at the intersection of 4th Avenue and 10th Street NE in Byron. 

The sheriff's office said the girl was crossing Fourth Avenue when the 17-year-old driver allegedly disobeyed the stop sign, traveling at about 10 miles per hour. Long said the girl ran into the driver's side of the car, fell, and the vehicle ran over her leg.

Long also said the driver got out of his vehicle and checked on the 5-year-old and spoke with her mother before getting back in his car and driving away from the scene. 

According to Long, the kindergartner received bruises on her arms and legs, and was taken to the hospital by her parents, but is now recovering back at home.

The sheriff's office said the school bus stop arm was out at the time of the incident, and the school bus driver laid on the horn to warn the suspected teenage driver and the children in the area.

Long said the 17-year-old is expected to face charges for failure to stop for a school bus stop arm, hit and run with failure to stay at the scene of an injury accident, and failure to provide information at the scene of an accident. 

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A 5-year-old Byron girl suffered non-life threatening injuries after being hit by a vehicle while crossing the street after getting off the school bus Wednesday afternoon. 

According to the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office, the school bus was stopped at 4th Avenue near the intersection of 10th Street NE in Byron just before 3 p.m. Witnesses said the girl was crossing the street in front of the bus, which had its stop arm extended and warning lights on. 

In a press release, Olmsted County Sheriff's Captain Scott Behrns said a 17-year-old Rochester male drove past the stop arm and hit the girl. 

The girl was taken to the hospital with a leg injury. 

Once the investigation is complete, criminal charges are expected to be filed against the 17-year-old. 

In an email sent to parents Wednesday, Superintendent, Dr. Joey Page said, "At approximately 3:15 p.m., one of our students was involved in an accident with an approaching vehicle when crossing the street after exiting the bus.  Students that were on the bus were transferred to another bus driven by our Transportation Manager, Val Lindahl."

Dr. Page went on to say that the student was evaluated by medical personnel on the scene and the Byron Public School District is following accident protocols.

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