Driver in Syosset School Bus Crash Arrested for DWI


A school bus crashed into a Syosset home after the driver had a medical emergency on Wednesday, Oct. 3 (Lindsay Christ/Long Island Press)

The school bus driver who crashed into a Syosset house Wednesday while five children were aboard was drunk, Nassau County police said.


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Frederick Flowers was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of a child and driving while intoxicated with a minor, a felony under Leandra’s Law.

Police said the 66-year-old Massapequa Park man was found the be under the influence of alcohol after he was airlifted to a local hospital for treatment of injuries suffered in the crash.

The five children on board—ages 5, 6, 8 and two age 9—were not hurt.

There was nobody home at the house on Teibrook Avenue when the bus crashed into it at 3:40 p.m.

The driver was exiting the parking lot of St. Edward the Confessor School, which is across the street.

The school bus is registered to First Student in Freeport.

Flowers will be arraigned as soon as practical.

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