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Red Deer school bus driver pleads guilty to impaired driving

RCMP have charged a bus driver after a crash in Red Deer Monday, June 5, 2017.
RCMP have charged a bus driver after a crash in Red Deer Monday, June 5, 2017. Courtesy: Amanda Patton

A central Alberta woman who was behind the wheel of a school bus when it crashed into a tree with 18 kids on board has pleaded guilty to an impaired driving charge.

Shelly Joy Kolodychuk, 42, appeared in Red Deer court where she pleaded guilty to operating a motor vehicle over 80 milligrams, stemming from the June 2017 crash.

READ MORE: Red Deer woman charged with impaired driving after school bus with 18 kids on board hits tree

Kolodychuk, of Red Deer, was originally charged with operating a motor vehicle over 80 milligrams, impaired operation of a motor vehicle, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and failing to remain at the scene of a collision. No plea has been entered yet on the remaining three charges.

In early June, police were called to the Vanier Woods neighbourhood after a school bus crashed into a tree and traffic sign.

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RCMP have charged a school bus driver after a crash in Red Deer Monday, June 5, 2017. Courtesy: Dillan Stelter
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Driver charged after Red Deer school bus crashes into tree and sign. Courtesy: Krystal Olinger
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RCMP have charged a school bus driver after a crash in Red Deer Monday, June 5, 2017. Courtesy: Dillan Stelter
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RCMP have charged a school bus driver after a crash in Red Deer Monday, June 5, 2017. Courtesy: Amanda Patton
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RCMP have charged a school bus driver after a crash in Red Deer Monday, June 5, 2017. Courtesy: Amanda Patton
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RCMP have charged a school bus driver after a crash in Red Deer Monday, June 5, 2017. Courtesy: Amanda Patton
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RCMP have charged a bus driver after a crash in Red Deer Monday, June 5, 2017. Courtesy: Amanda Patton

There were 18 students on the bus at the time, between the ages of five and 12. The students all attended École Barrie Wilson School. No injuries were reported.

READ MORE: RCMP investigate after school bus crashes in Red Deer with students on board

At the time, the superintendent of Red Deer Public Schools said he was “deeply concerned and shocked” by the incident.

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Kolodychuk’s next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 6.

Watch below: A 42-year-old woman is facing impaired and dangerous driving charges after the school bus she was driving hit a tree and traffic sign. Tony Tighe reports. (Filed June 2017).

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