Oklahoma City police continue search for hit-and-run driver who toppled school bus

A car involved in a hit-and-run accident that overturned an Oklahoma City school bus Monday had a paper tag, which has complicated efforts to find the driver, police said.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Modified: November 28, 2012 at 9:19 pm •  Published: November 29, 2012
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A car that toppled an Oklahoma City school bus Monday morning had a paper tag, which has complicated police efforts to track down the driver who fled the scene of the wreck, officials said Tuesday.

The impact of the collision at NW 89 and Classen Boulevard turned the small bus on its side, injuring the driver and three students, who were all treated and released.

Police said the driver of a four-door Chrysler Sebring ran a stop sign before hitting the bus about 7:40 a.m.

The driver of the car then jumped out of the car and ran away.

Erin Dwyer, of Oklahoma City, was the first person to call 911 after the wreck. She said she was starting up her car in front of her house on NW 90 and Classen when she heard a crash and looked over.

“I heard the wreck and then I saw the bus tip over,” Dwyer said. “I never saw the driver of the car, but there was a construction worker with a hard hat and vest on. He is the one who opened the back door, and they were pulling kids out the back.”

Police spent all day Monday trying to track down the driver of the car, Master Sgt. Gary Knight said.

“The car had a paper tag indicating it had recently been sold,” Knight said. “Investigators found evidence in the car linking it to someone, but they don't know whether that is the person who sold the car or the person who bought the car.”

Investigators also have to determine whether the car was stolen or if the person driving it was the owner.

Knight said police will continue investigating until they find the driver.

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