Updated: Major Accident on S.H. 121 Business Involving School Bus

Date 2013/12/19 1:20:00 | Topic: Local News, Notes and Events

Update 12/23/2013 - 6:08 p.m.:
LTJ has obtained a copy of the arrest report for Frias-Roberto and learned a few things:
- Frias-Roberto is from Mexico, and when he was arrested, he requested the officers not notify the Mexican consulate. As mentioned before, he was placed on an ICE detainer at the request of the federal government.
- He and his passenger, Carlos Eduardo were employees of Texas Roadhouse in The Colony, and had been called into work.
- After being called into work, Frias-Roberto (20) and his passenger went to a local gas station and bought a 12-pack of Modelo beer. He claims he only drank two, but drank them quickly. There was an open can of beer in the car, and an open 12-pack.
- After the accident, he refused a breath test for alcohol, so police noted the smell of alcohol, and conducted a sobriety examination and determined he had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, horizontal gaze nystagmus. Police conducted a mandatory blood draw. Those results were not immediately available. Captain Jay Powell says those take some time to come back.
- Eduardo's injuries required surgery. We are not sure what the outcome is.
- After the accident, a resident of the mobile home park where Frias-Roberto lives contacted police to say that he had observed Frias-Roberto's vehicle speeding through the mobile home park, and running stop-signs. That resident heard sirens shortly after that and then drove by the accident scene and recognized the vehicle.
- Frias-Roberto said he drank the beers because he was "thirsty".

LTJ Learned that Frias-Roberto was arrested 10/23/2013 for public intoxication at the trailer park. He entered a guilty plea on November 4th, and had his driving privilege suspended until December 15th - just 3 days before the accident. He had been ordered to complete an alcohol awareness course by February 4th, 2014. It is not clear whether he actually possessed a drivers license, but none was listed on either arrest warrant in the blank provided for it. In the 10/23 arrest, he provided a Mexican consular card as ID. The call had originated as a DWI call, with a witness saying a vehicle was swerving through the mobile home park. By the time police got there about 1:10 a.m., he was out of the vehicle, and knocking on someone else's door who lived in the park.

Update 12/20/2013 - 9:30 a.m.:
According to Durham School Services manager Greg Newman, the bus that was hit was an 84-passenger bus weighing 26,000 pounds. Newman said that the impact of the collision moved the bus 45 feet out of its lane of travel, and that police estimate the driver of the Envoy that ran a red light and hit the bus was going 75 - 85 MPG when it hit.

The impact of the crash caused bus driver Molly Armijo to hit her head on the side of the bus, causing severe head trauma. "Normally my drivers are not injured if they are involved in a crash," said Newman. "But the impact was so severe and the placement of the impact was in the worst location possible. We are all thankful that there were no kids on board at the time of the accident," he added.

Armijo, who has worked with Durham for seven years, is in a medically-induced coma in CCICU at the Medical Center of Plano. Newman said that she showed some positive signs yesterday and this morning, but that she is still in critical condition. "We continue to pray that our friend and coworker continues to improve," said Newman.

Donations for Armijo can be dropped off or sent to the Durham School Services location at 601 E. Purnell Street; Lewisville Texas 75057. Please make checks payable to Molly Armijo.

Update 12/20/2013 - 8:19 a.m.:
Drunk driver Frias-Roberto's bond was set at $50,000 in each of the charges. He is currently being held in the Denton County jail, and still has an immigration detainer. His booking photo, shown at right most likely differs from the photo below from the blotter due to a software defect in the City of Lewisville's jail software. Lt. Dan Rochelle said that Frias-Roberto was booked on a public intoxication case a couple of months ago.

Lewisville ISD provided this update on the bus driver, Molly Armijo (right):
The district learned an intoxicated driver hit the school bus. The bus driver was returning to the bus barn after dropping students off at home after school. The bus driver, Molly Armijo, is in critical condition. Durham Transportation Services is accepting donations to help Molly and her family. For more information, contact gnewman@durhamschoolservices.com. We continue to keep Molly and her family in our thoughts.

Update 12/19/2013 - 7:13 a.m.:
Frias-Roberto is also being held on an ICE (Immigration) detainer.

Update 12/18/2013 - 11:36 p.m.: (Via Lewisville P.D.)
Lewisville Police Department accident investigators have arrested Osiel Frias-Roberto (20) of Lewisville on two counts of Intoxication Assault in connection with the vehicle crash that occurred at State Highway 121 (Business) and Railroad Street today at approximately 4:45 p.m.

Frias-Roberto was driving a 2002 GMC Envoy eastbound on State Highway 121 (Business), disregarded a red traffic signal and collided with a Durham School Services bus that was crossing the intersection northbound on Railroad Street. The collision caused the bus to strike a Honda Civic that was stopped for the red light westbound.

A passenger (believed to be 21-years-old) in the Envoy and the 46-year-old bus driver were taken by air ambulances to Medical Center of Plano and both are in critical condition. Frias-Roberto was taken by Lewisville paramedics to Medical Center of Lewisville where he is being treated for minor injuries.
Investigators located open-containers of alcohol at the scene of the crash.

The investigators developed probable cause to believe Frias-Roberto was intoxicated at the time of the crash and placed him under arrest for the above mentioned charges. Frias-Roberto will be transported to the Lewisville City Jail where he will await arraignment on the charges.

Intoxication Assault is a 3rd Degree Felony and is punishable by 2-10 years in the Texas Department of Corrections and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

Original Story (with updates):
At about 4:45 p.m. today, there was a wreck involving two passenger vehicles and a bus near the intersection of Railroad Street and State Highway 121.

There were three individuals seriously injured, two of which were transported via air ambulance to Medical Center of Plano. No students were on the bus at the time. The bus was operated by Durham School Services.

Lewisville Fire Department Battalion Chief Wells said that the accident happened as the bus was crossing S.H. 121 to go West on Railroad Street when the driver of a gold GMC Envoy headed North-bound towards The Colony struck the side of the bus. Wells said his understanding was that the bus had the right of way.

The passenger in the Envoy was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by the Fire Department and was transported via air to Medical Center of Plano with critical injuries.

The driver of the bus, was also transported to Medical Center of Plano. Wells said their condition was likely critical as well. We have learned that the driver's name is Molly Armijo.

The driver of the Envoy was taken via ground ambulance to Medical Center of Lewisville.

A woman driving a small black car also was involved in the accident, but not at fault. It is reported that she was shaken up, but did not require an ambulance.

The Southbound lanes of S.H. 121 were closed until about 7:25 p.m.

We will update this story with more information if we receive it.

NBC DFW has a photograph of the accident scene.

This article comes from The Lewisville Texan Journal

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