Many of you have kids riding school buses and a crash Monday n Los Angeles involving a fatality (a man walking in a crosswalk) raised many of the important issues facing communities with the big yellow buses and how to keep them safe as possible.
Here's how the LOS ANGELES TIMES reported the sad event which injured many students and the bus driver:
(Start LA Times) Criminal homicide charges are being weighed in connection with a hit-and-run accident that killed one person and injured nearly two dozen students aboard a school bus in Boyle Heights on Monday, authorities said.
The driver of a black BMW ran a red light, knocked down a pedestrian and broadsided a school bus that was returning students to Roosevelt High School, according to Miguel Luevano, a California Highway Patrol spokesman.
The BMW’s driver and a passenger jumped out of the car and ran, but both were quickly apprehended by a construction worker who had seen the crash, Luevano said. (A third suspect tried to get medical treatment at a local hospital later that evening and was turned over to police).
This horrific crash occured Monday, October 25th, 2010, in the Boyle Heights section of Los Angeles; a pedestrian was killed, the bus driver was hospitalized and more than 20 high school kids, passengers on the bus, were also taken to local area hospitals for obvious injuries, including a broken bone, and as a precaution
Authorities said they are investigating whether drunk driving might be involved in the 3:22 p.m. collision at 1st and Soto streets. The BMW driver and passenger are juveniles.
Marco Valdez, 17, a passenger on the bus, told The Times the bus had been coming from the East Los Angeles Skills Center when the car hit a pedestrian and then swerved into the bus. The bus overturned and slid onto a Metrolink platform.
Authorities said 21 people -- all but one students -- were taken to hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries. The bus driver was hospitalized in serious condition. (End LA TIMES)
The bus driver was initially reported in serious condition; on KTTV/11 FOX News that night, his fiancé' reported she had seem him and he was in good condition, and showed photos of him she had just taken and he appeared in reasonably fine fettle.