- Associated Press - Friday, July 29, 2016

BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) - A former New Hampshire school bus driver could face up to 10 years in prison after being convicted in connection with a crash that left three students injured.

Jurors deliberated for several hours Thursday before finding Stephanie Boyd guilty of reckless conduct, two counts of simple assault and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. Boyd was a driver for the Nottingham School District.

The crash happened in Nottingham in February 2015, on a day when roads were covered with snow from a storm the previous day. Boyd admitted that she looked down at her phone to check the status of an app she was downloading just before crashing into a tree, but her attorney argued it was an accident caused by Boyd, not a criminal act.

One 12-year-old girl on the bus suffered a broken jaw.

“This case serves as a serious reminder to the public that driving can be deadly if the driver is not giving his or her full attention to the road,” Rockingham County Attorney Patricia Conway said. “Vehicles are deadly weapons when they are not being driven safely.”



Boyd will be sentenced at a later date.

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