SYOSSET - Police say that the school bus driver who crashed a minibus full of children into a Syosset home yesterday was intoxicated at the time.Frederick Flowers, 66, lost control of the minibus as he pulled it out of the school parking lot, investigators say. The bus jumped the curb across the street and plowed into the garage of Tiebrook Avenue resident Dan Percell.Police say there were five children aboard, aged 5 to 9 years old. None of them were injured, but Flowers was seriously hurt and was airlifted to the hospital. The company that employs Flowers, First Student, tells News 12 Long Island that he had a clean record when he was hired in 2009. The bus company says Flowers has been suspended pending an internal investigation.Flowers has been charged with five counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated, five counts of endangering the welfare of a child, five counts of reckless endangerment and two counts of DWI. He was arraigned at the hospital today.
School bus plows into Syosset house; driver injured