Suspected hit-and-run driver injured in second crash

Police have identified the driver and the charges filed.

Angela Hope Charles. Photo Courtesy: Newport News Police.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A Newport News school bus was involved in an accident Tuesday afternoon with a car police say had just been involved in another crash.

Police have charged the driver of that car, 37-year-old Angela Hope Charles, with leaving the scene of an accident for a crash in the 11800 block of Jefferson Avenue.

She was also charged with a second offense DUI, refusal to take blood or breath test, a third or subsequent offense for driving with a suspended license, reckless driving and possession of Schedule IV narcotics for the second crash.

Officers were called to the first crash at just after noon on Tuesday. However, dispatchers sent out updated the information that the driver had left the scene and was traveling north on Jefferson.

While officers were investigating this, it was then reported that the suspected vehicle was involved in a crash with a school bus on Jefferson Avenue and Oyster Point Road.

Photo courtesy: Mike Cherry
Photo courtesy: Mike Cherry

According to Michelle Price with Newport News Schools, there was a driver trainee and instructor on the school bus, but no students at the time of the crash.

NNPD Spokesman Lou Thurston said initial reports from scene indicate that the car that hit the bus had been involved in a separate crash near Jefferson Avenue and left the scene.

Police have classified that crash as a hit-and-run.

The driver of the same vehicle — now identified as Charles — ran a red light on Oyster Point Road and struck the bus, police confirmed.

Charles was taken to the hospital with what appeared to be non life-threatening.

The fire department was notified because of fluids leaking from both vehicles.

Stay tuned to WAVY News and for updates.

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