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Charges: 60-year-old driver was drunk, high when he hit girl getting off school bus

The 11-year-old was hit in early May in north Minneapolis.

A driver has been charged with being under the influence when he struck a Minneapolis schoolgirl as she got off the bus.

Gregory Garth, 60, of Brooklyn Park man, was driving his Saturn at Penn Avenue North and 23rd at around 4:50 p.m. on May 3, when the school bus stopped ahead of him.

The bus didn't activate its stop arm and flashing lights as it was using a temporary bus stop, as the usual stop was inaccessible due to road construction.

Garth allegedly drove around the bus, and as he did so, hit 11-year-old Shianne Dean, who was crossing Penn Avenue.

She was thrown onto the windshield before landing in the middle of the street. She suffered serious head injuries that required two brain surgeries at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul.

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She was eventually allowed to go home six weeks later on June 25, since when she has been undergoing physical therapy. She is however expected to suffer permanent memory loss and weakness on her left side.

Garth did stop at the scene, with police detecting alcohol on his breath. Three hours later police did a blood test which registered .077 just below the legal limit of .08.

It also found traces of cocaine and THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

He has been charged with two counts of criminal vehicular operation while under the influence of alcohol and one count of criminal vehicular operation while under the influence of drugs.

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