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18-year-old woman who admitted to striking 2 children getting off the bus in Willowick pleads not guilty

Willowick hit skip scene
Posted at 7:52 AM, May 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-30 17:43:08-04

WILLOWICK, Ohio — An 18-year-old woman who admitted to hitting two children getting off a Willowick school bus earlier this month was scheduled to appear in court Thursday, but instead, her attorney filed an electronic copy of her plea.

Daila La'Shay Wilson, 18, of Euclid, is charged with failing to stop after an accident, passing a stopped school bus, reckless operation and driving left of center lane, according to court records.

Wilson did not appear in court as scheduled. Her attorney sent in an electronic copy of her not guilty plea. A pre-trial court appearance has not been scheduled yet.

After leaving the scene, she eventually turned herself into Willowick police on her own accord. She told police that she had received a call from work and was in a hurry when the incident occurred.

"She thought the kids were done crossing, and a couple other kids appeared out of nowhere," said Chief Brian Turner. "She realized she hit them; she basically panicked, got scared, and she decided to take off."

Wilson has no driving record and no criminal history, officials said.

The mother of one of the students who was hit by the driver spoke to News 5 about the terrifying ordeal.

"Instead of me talking to you with him on my lap right now, I could be planning funeral arrangements," said Mason's mom, Dawn Shandle.

The 7-year-old boy recalled the moment he was hit.

"I flew up in the air and landed in the grass, and I couldn't get up from there," recalled Mason.

"This is a serious crime in my eyes. She could have killed my baby," said Shandle. "I want an apology, I mean she could at least do that."

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