Man in custody for DWI in school bus accident in which a woman was injured when her auto was pushed under the bus; 7 elementary school students on bus had minor injuries

Posted: April 30th, 2013 | Filed under: News Releases

Roy Nunez, 48, of St. Bernard, arrested in school bus accident

Roy Nunez, 48, of St. Bernard, arrested in school bus accident

A St. Bernard Parish man was in custody for DWI and vehicular negligent injury after his vehicle slammed into the back of an auto stopped behind a public school bus on Tuesday, injuring the driver of the other car and shaking up the seven students on the bus, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

None of the students from Joseph Davies Elementary School in Meraux were seriously injured or transported to a hospital after the 4:30 p.m. crash on East St. Bernard Highway at Mumphrey Road in Chalmette, Sheriff Pohlmann said. All 7 students were released to their parents or guardians, he said.

The accident happened as the bus, headed east, was stopped to drop off students and the arrested subject rear-ended a vehicle stopped behind the bus, the sheriff said. The impact forced the auto that was hit to go under the bus, requiring extrication of the driver of that vehicle, the sheriff said.

Roy Nunez, 48, who lives on Massicott Road in the Poydras area of eastern St. Bernard Parish, was arrested afterward for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. He was also booked with nine counts of vehicular negligent injury and reckless operation, Sheriff Pohlmann said. Nunez was taken to St. Bernard Parish Prison.

A Violet woman, Andreau Naquin, no age available, who was driving the auto forced under the bus when struck by Nunez, was taken to St. Bernard Parish Hospital. She wasn’t believed to be seriously injured, Sheriff Pohlmann said.

Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Ingargiola investigated the accident.