LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Louisville woman taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries after slamming into a Jefferson County Public School bus on Brownsboro Road in January has been charged.
Sherry Neutz, 47, faces 16 counts of wanton endangerment and one count of driving drunk. Police said Neutz's blood alcohol level was .267.
Neutz was driving 77 miles per hour in the 35 mph zone on Brownsboro Road around 4:20 p.m. on January 7 when she hit the bus pulling out of Drescher Bridge Road carrying 15 kids from Chenoweth Elementary.
"When you have a operator at that excessive speed or under the influence, it's definitely something that we need to make an example to the community so they see that isn't something that's acceptable because it is dangerous," said Officer Ronald Fey, who led the investigation for Louisville Metro Police.
Neutz is charged with one count of wanton endangerment for each of the 15 kids and the one driver that were on board the school bus. The kids only suffered minor injuries.
"At that speed, more than twice the speed limit, striking the bus just the fact that there wasn't more serious injuries is sheer luck," explained Fey.
Police said Neutz's injuries were so bad it was a month before they could even speak to her. She now faces up to five years in prison on each one of those 16 wanton endangerment charges.
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