Safety

Video Shows Student Nearly Struck by Car While Trying to Board School Bus

Nicole Schlosser
Posted on September 11, 2018

GILFORD, N.H. — Home surveillance video shows a student here nearly getting hit by a car recently as he was crossing the road to board his school bus.

The video of the incident, which took place on Aug. 31, shows two boys standing at the end of their driveway, waiting for the bus. After the bus stops, the boys start to cross the street, and a car speeds past them. One of the boys, who is 7 years old, jumps back as the car crosses his path.

David Cota-Robles, the father of the boys, told WMUR that his sons weren’t hurt, but that it was “very scary.” He posted the video on his Facebook page, along with a request for people to share the video and “make others aware of the dangers of careless or distracted drivers.”

Kristian Kelly, deputy chief of the Gilford Police Department, told WMUR that the police department takes reports of incidents like this very seriously, and does everything it can to figure out who the motorist is and to find out what happened. Police also urged drivers to stop for school buses, which is the law.

Watch the video of the incident that Cota-Robles posted on his Facebook page below.

Related Topics: law enforcement, New Hampshire, stop-arm running/illegal passing

Nicole Schlosser Managing Editor
Comments ( 10 )
  • Dianna

     | about 2 months ago

    I see many commenting on the fact that the bus may not have activated the warning lights far enough in advance of his stop to allow the car to stop in time.. NOPE... YELLOW flashers mean the bus is slowing to a stop so should you.. That car wasn't slowing AT ALL it blew by that bus nearly taking the kid with him at a very high rate of speed. The stop sign may not have deployed but it was flashing so the red lights were flashing in the front and that's just like blowing thru a red light. BUT That boy should not have stepped out UNTIL the Bus Driver gave the all clear. The child's mother didn't even twitch at him almost getting hit. There are a lot of problems with this situation.

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