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Sterling resident charged in bus crash

Police: Road rage led to head-on collision

By: Maria Allard | C&G Newspapers | Published June 1, 2016



STERLING HEIGHTS — A Sterling Heights resident is facing charges after the vehicle he was driving collided with a Warren Consolidated Schools bus as it transported students home May 27.

Konrad Sliwinski, 40, has been charged with a minor injury accident, felonious assault with a motor vehicle, and reckless driving for crashing into the bus after he was allegedly involved in a road rage incident that reportedly began in Troy.      

Sterling Heights Lt. James Belmonte said the defendant was arraigned May 28. He is expected back in 41-A District Court within the next 10 days. Belmonte added Sliwinski was released after posting a $1,000 bond.

“We are waiting for a court date,” Belmonte said. “I don’t know if it will be a preliminary (exam) or a formal arraignment within the next 10 days. We don’t know if he has retained an attorney. Once the court proceedings start we’ll know who his representing attorney is.”

According to the Sterling Heights Police Department, officers were dispatched at about 11 a.m. May 27 to the area of 15 Mile Road, west of Dequindre Road, on a possible road rage incident involving two vehicles heading from Troy to Sterling Heights.

Prior to arriving at the scene, officers received an update that one of the vehicles had crashed head-on with a school bus traveling eastbound on 15 Mile Road east of Dequindre in Sterling Heights.

According to a Sterling Heights Police Department news release, the initial investigation revealed a road rage incident involving two vehicles began in Troy. According to police, the two vehicles were stopped at one point and Sliwinski allegedly exited his vehicle, tore the windshield wiper off the other car and got back into his vehicle.

Both vehicles continued heading east on 15 Mile Road and entered Sterling Heights. According to the news release, the defendant allegedly drove his vehicle into the other vehicle, and then he spun out of control and hit the bus.

WCS Chief Human Resources Officer Sharon Irvine said the district had a half day of school and the bus was taking Grissom Middle School students home when the crash occurred. There were a total of 27 students on the bus.

One student had a minor injury and was picked up by a parent. A second student with a possible injury was transported to Troy Beaumont via Universal Ambulance, according to police.

Police said Sliwinski was treated at Troy Beaumont for a minor injury. No other injuries were reported. Police said neither alcohol nor speed appear to be a factor in the crash.

Anyone that may have witnessed the crash is asked to contact the Sterling Heights Police Detective Bureau at (586) 446-2825.