Stockton man charged in Worcester Co. school bus crash

A man is facing traffic charges, after troopers say he is responsible for a crash involving a school bus, in Worcester County.

The Maryland State Police Berlin Barrack says on Tuesday, around 5:45 PM, they responded to a vehicle crash involving a school bus at northbound U..S. 113, south of Porters Crossing Road. Once on scene, troopers say their investigation revealed that 24-year-old Steven Zelechowski , of Stockton, failed to slow down to avoid a crash and struck the back of a 2015 Honda CRV driven by 33-year-old Mia Zappacosta Byrd, of Newark. 

Authorities say Byrd was stopped behind a Worcester County School Bus which had its alternating flashing red lights activated while dropping off a student. According to the report, the contact between Zelechowski's Toyota Scion and Byrd's vehicle caused the Honda CRV to  crash into the back of the school bus. Troopers report that there were seven students from both Snow Hill Elementary School and Snow Hill Middle School on the school bus. No students were injured in the carash.

Byrd was reportedly injured as a result of the incident and she was taken to Atlantic General Hospital.

According to law enforcement, Zelechowski was at fault and he was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision and failure to stop for a stopped school vehicle operating alternately flashing red lights.

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