Former school bus driver charged in death of student

Posted on July 8, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY — Troy Edward Daniels, a former Jordan School District bus driver, was charged last week with misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment and failure to signal in connection with the death of a 10-year-old girl on April 30, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

The victim, Seleny Crosby, was riding on Daniels’ bus when he pulled over onto the shoulder to let students off the bus, South Jordan Police told The Salt Lake Tribune. Police said Crosby exited, ran in front of Daniels’ bus to cross the street, was hit by a second bus and died two days later.

Daniels has been summoned to appear in 3rd District Court in Salt Lake City on Sept. 3. According to a probable cause statement filed with the court, when Daniels pulled over, he "deviated from his normal routine" when he "activated his 4-way hazard flashers while offloading students," but allegedly "chose not to activate his red lights and signals or stop sign in the lane of travel because he needed to hand out flyers to the students as they offloaded," the newspaper reports. The flyers notified students that the number of their bus was changing.

The driver of the other bus told police that she saw Daniels’ bus pulled to the side of the road, but because his red light signals and stop sign were not activated, she did not believe he was offloading any students. She said she was driving below the speed limit as she started to pass Daniels’ bus, saw the girl run in front of her bus, immediately tried to brake and steer away from the girl, but was unable to avoid a collision, according to court documents.

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