SULLIVAN -- The case of a Mattoon woman charged in a Feb. 10 bus crash that sent five Teutopolis students to the hospital was delayed Tuesday because she had not yet received a psychological/alcohol abuse evaluation.
Scarlett McKinzie, 36, has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence and has pleaded not guilty. She waived her right to a jury trial during a Moultrie County Court appearance in July.
McKinzie’s attorney, Moultrie County Public Defender Marvin Hanson, said the agency charged with providing the evaluation sent the court a document that said it was responsible for the delay in meeting with her.
During McKinzie's previous court appearance, Hanson said he expected a plea agreement to be reached after McKinzie underwent an evaluation.
The accident happened at the intersection of Illinois Route 32 and County Road 800N, also known as the Bruce–Findlay Road.
McKinzie, driving a minivan east, struck the northbound school bus, causing it to turn over, Moultrie County sheriff's investigators said in sworn statements. Her blood-alcohol level was 0.250 percent, and a urine test was positive for cocaine, according to the statement, investigators said. The legal alcohol limit for driving in Illinois is 0.08 percent.
The bus was carrying the Teutopolis High School boys basketball team, cheerleaders and faculty, a total of 35 passengers.
McKinzie has also been charged with failure to reduce speed, failure to stop at an intersection and having no vehicle insurance, according to court documents.
McKinzie’s next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 12. She is free on bail.