Garden Street Collision Driver Sentenced to Probation, Community Service, Sources Say
The now 18 year-old who was charged as a minor for crashing into a mini van filled with occupants in Bristol Borough last April was sentenced to probation and community service, multiple sources reported Wednesday.
Two days of court proceedings took place at the Justice Center in Doylestown the community sources said.
Bucks County District Attorney’s office Spokesman Manuel Gamiz said Wednesday his office could not comment at all on the proceedings or its outcome.
Gamiz said based upon the crimes involved the DA’s office is precluded by the Juvenile Act from releasing information publicly.
The DA’s office did release arrest information in May to the publication about the aggravated assault case filed. In response to the follow up query, Gamiz said, the Chief of Juvenile Prosecution said under the juvenile law, certain cases are designated for limited public availability.
The Act is designed to protect the identity of minors across an array of publicly involved situations.
The collision which took place after a high speed chase through Bristol Township and into Bristol Borough, culminating with the minor crashing the blue BMW he was operating head-on into a mini van filled with girls who were going got donuts after a Friday night sleepover.
The underage operator and two passengers attempted to flee after slamming into vehicle at the intersection of Jefferson and Garden Streets, but with state and local Police in hot pursuit, they were taken into custody and transported quickly to headquarters.
The “mass casualty crash brought a slew of first responders to the scene adjacent to the SEPTA Bristol Regional Rail Station and the Jefferson Avenue baseball fields.
Bristol area First Responders had to cut the top of the min van off in order to rescue an entrapped victim of the crash, later identified as Ciara Anderson.
She spoke with Lower Bucks Source exclusively days after the crash said she was “truly grateful” for the rescue efforts of a Bucks County Rescue Squad paramedic who kept her calm throughout the rescue.
The first responders who extricated Anderson from the mini van were loudly cheered by bystanders as she was placed onto a stretcher and transported to the hospital. Three others were also transported to medical facilities for treatment in “serious condition.”
Samara Kitchens, whose daughter Rezauna was one of the mini van passengers called the crash “a mothers worst nightmare.”
Three suspects were taken into custody that night of the crash, with no charges filed against any of them as investigators from the State Police, Borough Police and the District Attorney’s office spoke with witnesses and collected evidence.
Hours after the collision Bristol Borough Police Sgt Chuck Palmer while on patrol located a hand gun and bullets at the intersection of Old Route 13 and Mill Street. The area was taped off as officers were seen searching for additional evidence. Investigative sources told LBS the hand gun was allegedly thrown out the window by an occupant of the blue BMW and was being sent for DNA testing.
Gamiz referred the publication back to the Bristol Borough Police Department (BBPD) for comment and information with regards to the vehicle passengers, and alleged gun link.
The victim’s family member expressed frustration with the pace and progress of the investigation but declined to comment on the outcome of the case, Wednesday.
What is known is at least two of injured still require intensive medical treatment.
Calls to BBPD were unsuccessful late Wednesday afternoon.