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November 22, 2010  |   Comments (2)   |   Post a comment

Student saved from serious injury in illegal bus passing incident


FULTON, Mo. — The quick actions of a Jefferson City Public Schools bus driver saved an elementary school student from potentially serious injury in an illegal bus passing incident last week. 

Last Tuesday, bus driver Dustin Wulf was on an afternoon route; he came to a stop on a county road and extended the bus’ stop arm. A vehicle driven by 18-year-old Famous L. Bittick was following the bus and failed to stop, the News Tribune reports.

Wulf saw that the car was approaching too fast, so he honked the bus’ horn to warn 7-year-old Stalena Whitehead, who was able to step back before being grazed by the car as it slid around the corner.

Whitehead was treated onsite by emergency responders and then taken to a medical center, where she was treated for bruises and abrasions.

Bittick was cited for not having insurance, along with careless and imprudent driving, according to the News Tribune.

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And wow, maybe if other states adopted the escorted crossing, this might not have happened because here in Ca drivers check to see if it's safe before any student steps off the curb... OR... the district needs to rewrite the route to prevent the crossing.

Buslady    |    Nov 29, 2010 09:23 AM

It's great that the student didn't get hurt any more than she did. This is why I like Calif. law that the driver escorts the student across the street for their own safety.

Dan    |    Nov 24, 2010 05:27 AM

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