School bus driver in crash to make first court appearance next week

Posted: Updated:
NEWARK -

A school bus aide, who was behind the wheel transporting a dozen special needs students when it crashed into a tree, will make her first court appearance next week.

According to an Essex County assistant prosecutor, Lisa Byrd will make her first court appearance next Wednesday, Feb. 27.

Byrd is charged with 12 counts of endangering the welfare of a child, driving while impaired and possession of drug paraphernalia, although News 12 New Jersey does not know what specifically she allegedly had on her.

RELATED: Bus company owner: Driver who overdosed was not authorized to drive

Byrd, who is an Aide for F&A Transport, which is a Contract Bus company for the Newark School District, was driving the bus this past Wednesday when it crashed.

A bus company representative told News 12 that Byrd did indeed drive the bus that day because the actual bus driver was not there, adding Byrd made the decision on her own to drive that day.

According to police, they had to administer narcan to Byrd when they arrived at the scene of the accident, as it appeared she had overdosed.

However, the F&A transportation rep says he believed Byrd may have had a Diabitic episode rather than overdosed on drugs.

Narcan has been used in Diabetic emergencies in the past.

The students on the bus ranged from ages five to 13-years-old. 

Fortunately, there were no injuries reported.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."