By: David M. Higgins II

La Plata, MD- On November 29, 2018, a Charles County Public School Bus was stopped with flashing lights and the stop sign activated; discharging students at their assigned stop on Oliver Shop Road near Trotter Road in Bryantown, MD at 3:45 p.m.

Seven-year-old Skyla Shirrel; a 1st-grade student at T.C. Martin Elementary School, safely crossed in front of the stopped and light-activated bus in the northbound lanes when she was struck by an F-250 in the southbound lane driven by Xiomara Yan Nativi Quintanilla(35 y/o). Nativi Quintanilla was suspected of driving around the stopped bus from the northbound lane into the southbound lane.

Shirrel was flown to Children’s Hospital in critical condition, where she was placed in a medically-induced coma. Three other children were getting off the bus also. Mike Wathen told WJLA, that his three children and himself share the home with Skyla and her father. “The other three little boys were pretty shaken up. They had a tough time last night,” said Wathen, tearing up. “They just had questions about what happened to her. They all saw it.”

Police say Nativi Quintanilla stayed at the scene with police but was also treated for a panic attack that required hospitalization.

About a month after the horrific crash, Archbishop Neal School posted on their Facebook Skyla’s progress.

On July 3, 2019, almost 8 months after the crash, Nativi Quintanilla was charged with FAILURE TO STOP FOR STOPPED SCHOOL VEH. OPERATING ALTERNATELY FLASHING RED LIGHTS.

On November 15, 2019, a trial was scheduled in this matter. According to the records available, Nativi Quintanilla pled not guilty to the charge. The final disposition was Probation before Judgement with a $1000.00 fine suspended to $500.00. The charge also states that she did not contribute to the accident, and there was personal injury. On a non-jailable traffic offense in Maryland, you are not on probation. The probation before judgment allows you to walk out of court without a conviction and without points on your record. Even if the defendant was found guilty, the judge can strike the guilty finding and enter a Probation without Judgement. (This paragraph has been edited and updated to clarify the trial and sentencing).

Nativi Quintanilla also has multiple traffic violations in Prince George’s County, including Driving vehicle in excess of reasonable and prudent speed on highway( Guilty/$90 fine-9/9/2019), Failure to Stop for Pedestrian in Crosswalk(Dismissed, 3/12/2019), Failure to attach registration(Guilty/$70 fine, 6/26/2018), Failure to carry registration within vehicle(Guilty/$50 fine, 6/26/2018), and Exceeding maximum posted speed limit- 75 mph in a 55 mph zone(Guilty/$160 fine, 9/9/2019).

We have sent a message to the Charles County States Attorney’s Office for comment, but have not received a response by publishing time.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...