School bus driver, Elizabeth Burris, pleads guilty in crash that hurt 5 students

Posted at 6:55 AM, Sep 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-09 09:18:32-04

BOULDER, Colo. -- The driver of a school bus that tipped onto its side in Boulder County, injuring five students, has pleaded guilty to careless driving.

Elizabeth Burris, 40, entered her plea this week, and prosecutors dropped 13 other charges against her, the Daily Camera reported.

The St. Vrain Valley School District bus was carrying eight students when it tipped in a steep part of a canyon near Lyons on Dec. 7.

Burris told police that she drifted off the road, attempted to gain control and over-corrected.

Two children, 15, suffered serious injuries. Three others suffered minor injuries.

Court documents showed Burris was taking six prescription medications, but prosecutors said conflicting reports on Burris' sobriety would have made it difficult to proceed with DUI and vehicular assault charges. Defense attorney Sarah Schielke said Burris was suffering from a migraine and fatigue, but was not impaired.