Bus crash suspect enters plea, waives trial

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Scarlett McKinzie, 36 Scarlett McKinzie, 36

SULLIVAN, Ill. (WAND) – A woman accused of causing a bus crash that injured students appeared in court Thursday.

In a Moultrie County pretrial hearing, 36-year-old Scarlett McKinzie decided against having a jury trial. A judge formally charged her with aggravated driver under the influence.

The Moultrie County crash happened in February at the intersection of Route 32 and Bruce-Findlay Road. Police say McKinzie had a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit at 0.25, and tested positive for cocaine in a urine test. She allegedly pulled out into the intersection from a stop sign and hit the bus, which had the Teutopolis boys’ basketball team in it.

Five students suffered injuries in the crash.

McKinzie pleaded not guilty to the DUI charge. She will return to court on Aug. 22.

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