Red Deer RCMP investigate collision involving a school bus – Update – Charges sworn

Red Deer, Alberta – A Red Deer woman faces charges of impaired and dangerous driving after the school bus she was operating struck a tree Monday afternoon in the Vanier Woods neighbourhood.

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A witness who observed the collision called 911 after the school bus collided with a tree and a sign, then continued to drive for a short distance through Vanier Woods before stopping. RCMP attended the scene of the collision on Valley Green at 4 pm along with Red Deer Emergency Services and fire staff. EMS staff assessed the driver and the children who were on the bus and determined that no one had been injured in the collision. The school bus contained elementary school age children between the ages of 5 and 12 years old.

Red Deer RCMP initiated an impaired driving investigation at the scene and continued that investigation into the evening, culminating in four criminal charges against the school bus driver.

42 year old Shelly Joy Kolodychuk of Red Deer faces the following charges:

  • Criminal Code 253(1)(a) – Impaired operation of motor vehicle
  • Criminal Code 253(1)(b) – Operate motor vehicle over 80mg
  • Criminal Code 249(1)(a) – Dangerous operation of motor vehicle
  • Criminal Code 252 – Fail to remain at scene of collision

Kolodychuk is scheduled to appear in court in Red Deer on July 12 at 8:30 am.

Police File #2017697128

Red Deer RCMP


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