Driver who hit boy while passing bus avoids jail

Posted on March 7, 2013

WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A motorist who struck a 5-year-old boy while illegally passing his school bus in September will not go to jail, The Morning Call reports.

On Tuesday, a judge declined a prosecutor's suggestion that jail time "might be appropriate," sentencing the 62-year-old woman instead to 50 hours of community service and two years of probation.

In the Sept. 12 incident, 5-year-old Brandon Delacruz was crossing a road to board his stopped bus when he was clipped by the bumper of Beverly Bell's car as she drove by. The kindergartner suffered a fractured skull and a cut to his forehead.

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Other news related to illegal bus passing:

North Carolina bill would revoke bus passers' licenses

Mom’s sign tells drivers to stop for school bus

Related Topics: Pennsylvania, stop-arm running/illegal passing

Comments ( 5 )
  • David Brick

     | about 5 years ago

    I agree with all the above comments, although I think changing the routing so all pick ups are on the right hand side is a band-aid solution. A very expensive band-aid at that. But it only treats the symptom -- not the cause. The cause is people driving distracted in too big a hurry -- and school buses with stop arms deployed and 8-ways flashing just don't make the impression on these people that they should. In an age where you can be guilty of a felony (with up to a year in prison) for giving police a false name, it does seem this punishment does not fit the crime. And make no mistake about it -- this is a crime. If our criminal justice system doesn't start sending a tougher message to stop arm violators, injuries and fatalities will increase. I don't doubt that losing her license for 8 mos. will be a significant adversity for this woman, but think about the message we're sending to society at large. This child could easily have been killed -- and nearly was!

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