Police: Geneva teen was DUI when he hit Penn Yan school bus

Melody Burri

A school bus carrying 21 Penn Yan soccer players was hit Wednesday afternoon in Phelps by a 17-year-old driver police said was under the influence of drugs.

Ontario County Sheriff’s Deputies said Samuel Stevens, 17, of 2575 County Road 6 in Geneva, was traveling east on Trimble Road in Phelps at 4:08 p.m. on Oct. 15 when he allegedly failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection of Route 488 and Trimble. Police said Stevens, who was driving a 1998 Honda sedan, allegedly entered the intersection and collided with a Bluebird bus traveling north on Route 488. The bus, deputies said, was from the Penn Yan Central School District and was carrying 21 members of the girls modified soccer team and their coach, who were on their way to Midlakes for a game.

Passengers were checked at the scene by members of the Phelps and Finger Lakes Ambulances, deputies said. Three of the girls were transported to Clifton Springs Hospital as a precaution, where they were treated and released. The bus driver, Kylene Applebee, complained of shoulder pain, but declined treatment at the scene, police said. Also assisting were Phelps and Clifton Springs fire departments.

Stevens was uninjured, but was charged with driving while under the influence of drugs, passing a stop sign and reckless driving. He will appear in Phelps Town Court at a later date to answer the charges.