SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — An Ashtabula Area City Schools bus driver resigned Wednesday after hitting a parked car and leaving the scene of the accident, according school officials.
Michele R. Vernille, 57, of Geneva, who has been driving a school bus for almost 17 years, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident and falsification, both misdemeanors, according to Ashtabula Municipal Court records.
Vernille has pleaded not guilty to both charges and is scheduled to return to court for a pretrial at 9 a.m. April 29, according to court records. She’s hired attorney William Bobulsky to represent her.
The Ashtabula board of education accepted Vernille’s resignation at Wednesday’s meeting.
Superintendent Mark Potts declined comment because it’s a personnel matter.
In her letter of resignation, Vernille thanked Potts “for the opportunity to have been employed in the district for the past 16 years and to know I am leaving my employment in good standing with the district.”
The charges arise from a collision between Vernille’s bus and a parked vehicle Dec. 11 at Edgewood Senior High School, and then a statement she made to a Sheriff’s deputy when she was interviewed Dec. 20, said Ashtabula City Solicitor Michael Franklin.
She posted a $2,500 personal recognizance bond at her arraignment in December, according to court records.
The case is still under investigation by the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office, according to a department spokesperson.