James P. Irvin III

James P. Irvin III

A judge returned a guilty verdict in Lancaster County Court on all charges against the man who caused a school bus carrying 14 students to tip over last year.

James P. Irvin III — driving on a suspended license — fled the scene and was arrested about a week after the May 17, 2017, crash, according to the Lancaster County district attorney's office.

Irvin, 47, of Lancaster, was charged with making an illegal pass on Lincoln Highway East and hitting a vehicle that triggered the crash. Two students riding the Lancaster Mennonite School bus were seriously injured.

In court Wednesday he was convicted of nearly 70 charges including nine felony counts of aggravated assault, aggravated assault by vehicle and hit-and-run, according to the Lancaster County district attorney's office.

Judge Howard Knisely made the verdict in the non-jury trial. Knisely raised Irvin's bail to a combined $300,000, after a request from prosecutor Travis Anderson. Anderson said Irvin was a "flight risk," the district attorney's office said.

Irvin posted $100,000 bail after he was first charged May 24. He was again charged July 10 with more serious charges and posted $150,000 bail, according to court records.  

He was handcuffed and escorted out of the courtroom at trial, according to the district attorney's office.

Bus driver Timothy Weber testified during the trial. He described seeing a white Malibu driving erratically before hearing loud noises and feeling the bus tip, according to the district attorney's office.

A 6-year-old boy was pinned under the bus and suffered numerous injuries. A 16-year-old boy suffered a fractured vertebra. Nine other students were also injured.

Several students watched the trial from the courtroom gallery Wednesday, the district attorney's office said. 

Knisely will order sentence in about three months after a background check, according to the district attorney's office.