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Impaired Driver Arrested for Rear-ending New Haven School Bus

Eight children went to the hospital, though none appeared injured after the collision.

Impaired Driver Arrested for Rear-ending New Haven School Bus

After recently smoking marijuana and taking at least four prescription medications, one woman rear-ended a school bus Tuesday morning.

Eight students on the bus, who attend King/Robinson Interdistrict Magnet School, went to the Yale - New Haven hospital after the collision, which occurred around 9 a.m. Tuesday, according to information provided by David Hartman, a New Haven police officer and media liaison for the department.

There were no evident injuries to the children or the bus driver. The driver of the car, Brenda Dasilva, 43, was also reportedly uninjured.

The the bus had a bent bumper and rear passenger-side panel after the collision.

Dasilva of Scranton Street told investigators of her drug use that day. She was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, eight counts of risk of injury to a minor and operating with a suspended license, Hartman said. Dasilva also goes by the last names LaClaire and Martinez.

The car Dasilva drove is registered and insured, but it is owned by someone else.

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