Special Needs Transportation

Special-Needs School Bus Driver, Aide Honored for Helping Save Student from Passing Car

Sadiah Thompson
Posted on April 4, 2019

Volusia County (Fla.) Schools special-needs bus driver Sonia Rivera (pictured second from right) and bus aide Tiffany Bryant (right) were recognized at a Deltona City Commission meeting for helping save Lily Gonzalez (left) and her special-needs son from a speeding car. Photo courtesy Deltona City Commission
Volusia County (Fla.) Schools special-needs bus driver Sonia Rivera (pictured second from right) and bus aide Tiffany Bryant (right) were recognized at a Deltona City Commission meeting for helping save Lily Gonzalez (left) and her special-needs son from a speeding car. Photo courtesy Deltona City Commission
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — A school bus driver and bus aide here were recognized on Monday for their recent efforts in helping save a special-needs student and his mother from a speeding car.

The bus driver, Sonia Rivera, and her aide, Tiffany Bryant, were honored during a Deltona City Commission meeting for helping save Lily Bell Gonzalez and her 5-year-old special-needs son as they were crossing the street to the school bus, with all his bags, blanket, and special-needs equipment in hand on Feb. 6, according to a report from Jane K. Shang, the city manager for Deltona.

The report said Rivera, a 20-year bus veteran, shouted at Gonzalez to stop and beeped the bus's horn to prevent her from crossing the street. At that moment, an SUV was speeding past the bus, ignored the bus’s signal, drove within inches of Gonzalez and her son, and kept going.

Gonzalez told ClickOrlando.com that she is grateful for the quick-thinking actions of Rivera and Bryant. Both are being honored for their loyalty, love of their job, and their help in preventing a serious incident, according to the report.

Related Topics: Florida, special needs

Sadiah Thompson Assistant Editor
Comments ( 6 )
  • Nestor R Ortiz

     | about 7 months ago

    In either case, a bus aid should always assist a family/children crossing in front of the bus. The aid is the "guide" for safety because of his/her training in transport safety where the driver should always stop on the far rightmost side of the road leaving no space for vehicular traffic to pass. In this case, it seems that the driver was stopped on a one way street and the aid never assisted in transition while a motorist completely failed to yield/stop for the bus.

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