A Tolland County bus driver was arrested after causing two accidents in one day. The first accident occurred at about 12:30 p.m. The driver, Dina Johnsen of Vernon, was traveling on North River Road in Coventry when she struck a guardrail. The accident went unreported and would have remained unreported if a student on the bus hadn’t told his mother about the crash. The students’ mother immediately called the police to report the incident. The boy suffered minor injuries.
Later the same day Johnson was driving a minivan in Vernon when she crashed into a car that had stopped for a school bus on West Street. When police arrived on the scene they administered breath tests to Johnsen. The bus drivers blood alcohol level was found to be .196 and .186 percent. This is well above Connecticut’s legal limit of .04 percent.
Johnsen, who was employed by Access Transportation, was reportedly fired the day of the crash.
Johnsen has been charged with risk of injury to a minor, second-degree reckless endangerment, evading responsibility and driving too fast for conditions. She was released without having to post bail and will have to report to court on March 1 in Rockville.
The staff and attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren hope that the injured student is able to make a fast and complete recovery.