MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A driver who struck an 11-year-old girl as she got off a school bus in Minneapolis in May has been charged with criminal vehicular operation.
According to a criminal complaint, 60-year-old Gregory Jamal Garth, of Brooklyn Park, had THC, cocaine and alcohol in his system at the time of the crash at 23rd and Penn avenues.READ MORE: 2 Women Injured, Man Detained After Stabbing In Crystal
Shianne Dean, 11, laid in a coma for 10 days after suffering brain and internal damage. Though she has been discharged from the hospital, she still has a feeding tube and is expected to suffer permanent memory loss and left-side weakness.
Garth told police the stop arm was not out on the bus, so he tried to pass it. During a subsequent investigation, officers learned the area where Dean was let off the school bus was a “temporary” bus stop, as the usual stop was hindered by construction. Court documents state the bus driver did not activate the stop arm or flashing lights.
After Dean awoke from a coma, she spoke to WCCO in her room at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare.READ MORE: Pfizer Says Its COVID-19 Vaccine Is Safe And Effective In Kids Ages 5-11 (CBS News)
“I didn’t know where I was and I was scared,” she said.
When Dean was hit, her 8-year-old sister watched it all unfold. She was so traumatized she wouldn’t get on a bus after the incident, and she is scared to cross the street.
“Going through the surgery and everything, that’s bad, and I also don’t want anybody to go around a bus at all because I know if another family’s child gets hit, they are going to be sad,” Dean said.
Garth remained on scene after the May 3 crash. Officers smelled alcohol on his breath, and authorities say he performed poorly on field sobriety tests.MORE NEWS: Minnesota Weather: Marginal Risk Of Severe Storms Monday; Big Temp Drop Follows
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Dean’s family cover their mounting hospital bills.