A school bus driver was sentenced Monday to a year in jail for crashing a minibus with five children aboard into a Syosset home while he was drunk last fall.

Frederick Flowers had pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and other charges at Nassau County court.

Prosecutors said the 66-year-old Massapequa Park man was under the influence of alcohol when he crashed the bus into a house on Teibrook Avenue in October.

Flowers told the court he was “beyond sorry” and his lawyer said he repeatedly asked how the children are doing, according to NBC New York.

The five kids—ages 5, 6, 8 and two age 9—were not hurt and nobody was in the home at the time.


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