- The Washington Times - Friday, February 29, 2008

Prince George’s County school officials said yesterday that they have no plans to change hiring policies on bus drivers after an accident Wednesday morning in Riverdale.

Antonio Nate Robinson, 46, of Hyattsville, was driving the bus when it overturned. Authorities said he had been speeding through an intersection to make a turn, and that his license was suspended five times for driving-related accident from 1985 to 2002.

“There are not likely to be changes,” said schools spokesman John White.

Mr. White said the school system was aware of Mr. Robinson’s driving record when he was hired in August 2006, but that his record had been clean for 10 years and he had passed a criminal-background check.

School officials felt that Mr. Robinson would become a good driver with some training, he said.

At about 8:50 a.m. Wednesday, the school bus overturned while Mr. Robinson attempted to beat oncoming traffic on Riverdale Road to make a left turn on 61st Place.

He was charged with speeding, negligent driving and not wearing a seat belt. The charges could result in $435 fines and six points on Mr. Robinson’s driving record.

Mr. White said all 44 students who were on the bus were expected back at William Wirt Middle School yesterday. Several children were treated at two hospitals for “bumps and bruises.” The bus did not have seat belts for students.

Students said Mr. Robinson was driving too fast that morning and on other occasions.

Mr. White said Mr. Robinson has been relieved of his driving duties at least until he talks with school officials.

“They will be meeting as soon as possible,” Mr. White said. “We will be deciding what, if any, actions will be taken after the meeting.”

County schools Superintendent John E. Deasy has said Mr. Robinson will be dismissed if details about the accident prove to be true.


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