A Milton man is in serious condition after he slowed for a stopped school bus Oct. 30 on Cave Neck Road and was struck by a car.
Thomas P. Pavlic, 48, was riding a 1999 Kawasaki eastbound on Cave Neck Road at 6:50 a.m. when he slowed for a bus stopped east of Diamond Farm Road, said Master Cpl. Gary Fournier of the Delaware State Police.
The bus was picking up a passenger, and its red lights were flashing and stop sign displayed. A 2000 Ford Taurus driven by Marcos D. Perez-Matias, 19, of Milton struck the motorcycle, ejecting Pavlic onto the south side of the roadway, Fournier said.
Perez-Matias continued driving northeast and struck the left rear of the school bus before driving on to the north side of the road where the vehicle struck a utility pole and stopped, Fournier said.
Perez-Matias tried to flee the scene, but two witnesses apprehended him. He was taken to Troop 7 and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, first-degree vehicular assault, driving without a valid license, passing a stopped school bus, leaving the scene of a personal injury crash and operating a vehicle while using an electronic device. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $4,200 cash bail.
He refused medical treatment at the crash scene, Fournier said.
Pavlic was wearing a helmet; Emergency Medical Services took him to Beebe Healthcare where he is in serious condition with nonlife-threatening injuries, Fournier said.
Bonnie E. Mills, 67, of Lincoln was the driver of the Cape Henlopen School District bus. She and three boys ages 7 to 10 years old were not injured. The bus driver and three boys continued to school after the accident, Fournier said.
Cape Henlopen School District Director of Administrative Services Brian Bassett said the following emergency plan is used when there is a bus accident:
1. Bus Driver /Monitor contacts 911 and then the Transportation Supervisor and Bus Contractor
2. Bus Driver / Monitor will assess the situation and perform emergency evacuation procedures if necessary. Staff will remain with students at all times.
3 Transportation supervisor or designee will contact the Superintendent and building principal. Supervisor or designee will go the accident site as will building administration if possible.
4. Only the EMT will release students to the transportation supervisor to proceed to school. EMT will release students to ambulance to be transported to hospital if necessary.
5. Transportation Supervisor or building administrator will designate a school staff representative to proceed to any medical treatment facility to which an injured student has been taken to assist parents and provide support to students, as appropriate.
6. If students are not taken to the hospital, they will be met by the school nurse upon arriving to school. School staff will contact parents of students who were on the school bus.
7. A bus accident report will be sent to the Superintendent and Ron Love, DOE Transportation Department.