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Woman charged with DWI after school bus hit

Posted September 24, 2008

— Authorities charged a Wake Forest woman with driving while impaired Wednesday after a Kia sideswiped a school bus carrying 35 students to Wakefield High School.

Troopers also charged Melody Parsons, 42, with careless and reckless driving.

The crash happened at 6:35 a.m. near New Light Road and N.C. Highway 98. Troopers said a white Kia crossed the center line on New Light Road and struck the bus, which Wake County school district officials identified as No. 565.

Troopers estimated the Kia was traveling 65 mph in a 45-mph zone. After hitting the bus, the car went off the road into a tree, authorities said.

"The investigating trooper suspected a strong odor of alcohol coming from the driver's breath," said Sgt. Jorge Brewer of the state Highway Patrol. "She told the investigating trooper that she had consumed alcohol prior to driving.

As a precaution, emergency crews took seven students to WakeMed North with minor injuries, according to Wake County school district spokesman Bill Poston. All of the students were treated and released.

A second bus picked up the remaining students at 8:10 a.m. and took them to school.

Parsons, who works at a Wake Forest car dealership, was listed in good condition at WakeMed with a broken thumb.


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  • kiediss Sep 25, 2008

    Hmm why no mugshot photo? Who is this person to escape the usual mugshot pic on the article?

  • san4short Sep 25, 2008

    Sunc - I understand your point and I read the article and I know it was not the bus driver's fault, it could have happened to me, but what I'm saying is that I would prefer to take my kids to school because then I know that they got there okay. Imagine being at work and hearing a bus was involved in an accident and then the first thought comes to mind, was it my kid's bus, are they okay? My taking them gives me peace of mind that I know I got them to school safely. That was my only thought on the subject. I had heard of a 5 year old that a mom saw him getting on what she thought was his bus, she drove off thinking he was okay and turns out the bus driver told him to get off and wait for his bus. He wondered off to a neighbor's house for help cause his bus never showed up. I would have gone nuts if that happened to my kid.

  • boatingforfun88 Sep 25, 2008

    Rev RB...usually your comments are somewhat intelligent...but this one is not!! Who are you to comment on her sentencing! All you know is what WRAL is reporting.

  • Sunc Sep 24, 2008

    "While I know this bus driver was not at fault...this is just one more reason why I prefer to take my children to school myself. This way I know that they are safe and they are where they need to be and I have peace of mind that they got there OK. "

    san4short - no offense, but did you actually read the article? The bus was driving in it's lane when the other car crossed the center line and hit the bus. Any one of us could have been in the same spot the bus was, it was just luck (good or bad) that the bus was in that spot. Would you and your child really have faired better than the bus? I think the parents of the kids have to be a little relieved that their kid WAS on the bus when it happened, instead of in the back of their car. If it was a car that had been hit, we would have been reading about at least 1 death. Thank god for a school bus in this case.

  • Commentor5 Sep 24, 2008

    WRAL: you have another misspelling in your news content.

    "All of teh students were treated and released."

    ????????? - don't you use spellcheck?

  • headlong Sep 24, 2008

    Drunk ay 6:30 AM??? Someone is in need of some sort of treatment

  • familyfour Sep 24, 2008

    How many kids were on the bus total? That's how many charges of attempted manslaghter she should face. If the courts don't do something really harsh with the drunk drivers, the murderers, and child molestors, it is only going to get worse. I wish the courts would quit worrying about the accused, and start worrying about the victims.

  • nccopper Sep 24, 2008

    Breath tests are least likely to occur in this situation. The driver would have been taken to the hospital for medical attention. Then a blood test would have been administered.
    And there are NO "breathalyzers" in NC. They have not been used since 1992. They were replaced by the Intoxilyzer, Model 5000 and that was replaced by Intoximeters, Model Intox EC/IR II. The term "breathalyzer" is a trademark name like Pepsi and Coke if anyone cares? She was charged and that occurs first in implied consent offenses, such as DWI.The testing is afterwards. Yes it applies to both alcohol and drugs, legal or illegal drugs. Sad situation to say the least. But people drive drunk 7 days a week, not just the weekends !

  • brooksoliver Sep 24, 2008

    For those that read what they wanted to: "She told the investigating trooper that she had consumed alcohol prior to driving."

  • chance Sep 24, 2008

    Nothing like a little morning beverage to start the day off right!! lol