Additional charges filed for woman accused of driving impaired in school bus crash

Kimberly Ann Austin (Credit: Alexander County Sheriff's Department)

Additional charges have been filed against a woman who is accused of driving impaired causing a school bus wreck that injured more than a dozen students, according to NC State Highway Patrol. 

Kimberly Ann Austin, 56, of Taylorsville, has been charged with eight counts of felony serious injury by vehicle by causing serious injury while engaged in the offense of impaired driving. 

Austin was arrested again on Thursday, March 14 and was being held at the Alexander County Detention Center under a $500,000 bond. 

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According to troopers, Austin was charged in December 2018 with two counts of misdemeanor child abuse, driving while imparied, and driving left of center following the crash. 

On Dec. 17 Austin was driving on Icard Ridge Road near NC 127 when she crossed the centerline, and collided with the school bus. The bus continued off the roadway and overturned. 

According to Alexander County school officials, the bus was heading toward West Alexander Middle School. Officials said 13 of the 19 students on board the bus and Austin, were taken to the hospital for treatment. The remaining children were taken to school.