Video Statement from State’s Attorney Tony Covington on Sentencing in Shirriel Case

UPDATE: November 26, 2019 -You may have heard from other sources inaccurate information about this story. State’s Attorney Tony Covington has released a video statement about this case. 

In wake of a first grader’s life-threatening injuries, State’s Attorney Tony Covington calls for more serious penalties for drivers who fail to stop for school buses.

Charles County Delegation:

Sen. Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. (D), Senate President, District 27
‪(410) 841-3700‬, ‪(301) 858-3700‬

Del. Elizabeth G. (Susie) Proctor (D), District 27A
‪(410) 841-3083‬, ‪(301) 858-3083‬

Sen. Arthur Ellis (D), District 28
‪(410) 841-3616‬, ‪(301) 858-3616‬

Del. Debra M. Davis (D), District 28
‪(410) 841-3337‬, ‪(301) 858-3337‬

Del. Edith J. Patterson (D), District 28
‪(410) 841-3247‬, ‪(301) 858-3247‬

Del. C. T. Wilson (D), District 28
‪(410) 841-3325‬, ‪(301) 858-3325‬

Skyla Shirriel

Update - November 29 12:30 p.m.

The seven-year-old student who was struck by a vehicle while exiting a school bus, Tuesday afternoon is in critical but stable condition, police say.

Earlier this morning, Oliver Shop Road was closed in the area of the incident while authorities continued their investigation. Charges are still pending for the driver who struck the child. 

Bryantown, MD - On Nov. 27 at 3:45 p.m., a Charles County Public School bus was stopped in the northbound lane of Oliver Shop Road near Trotter Road in Bryantown, discharging a 7-year-old female student. According to witnesses, the bus had activated its flashing red lights and flashing stop sign. The girl safely crossed in front of the bus and was crossing the southbound lanes when she was struck by a Ford F-250 being operated by a 35-year-old woman. The driver of the truck remained on the scene and the child was flown to Children’s Hospital with critical injuries. Members of the CCSO’s Traffic Operations Unit responded and are investigating the crash.

Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.


Bryantown, MD - The Charles County Sheriff's Office reported that a child who exited a school bus on Oliver Shop Road was struck by a motor vehicle. The child is being flown to a regional trauma center. The incident happened at approximately 4 p.m.

UPDATE 4:29 p.m.

Bryantown, MD - Authorities in Charles County now say Oliver Shop Road is currently closed from Trotter Road to Edelen Drive until further advised.

Bryantown, MD - At 4:15 p.m. the Charles County Government reported Oliver Shop Road is closed from Leonardtown Road to Jenkins Farm Road due to an auto accident. The Charles County Sheriff's Office, Fire and EMS are on the scene handling the incident. Please use caution and avoid the area if possible.

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