UPDATE: Surveillance Video Shows Driver Passing School Bus’s Flashing Lights Before Striking Student in Lakewood; Driver Issued Multiple Summonses

Surveillance video obtained by TLS shows the moment a vehicle passed a school bus’s flashing lights before striking a student.

As earlier reported, just after 10pm last night, an 18-year-old student was struck by a car after exiting a school bus at the intersection of Madison Avenue and Courtney Road.

Upon arrival, Officer Felix Rivera learned that the school bus was traveling south on Madison Avenue prior to the driver activating its flashing red lights. After coming to a stop at the northwest corner of Courtney Road, the student exited the bus and began crossing over towards the northbound lane.

As he cleared the bus he was struck by a 2020 Acura operated by a 24-year-old Howell man that was also traveling south in the passing lane of Madison Avenue.

Additional graphic video obtained by TLS (and not being published) shows the boy thrown several feet after being struck by the car, landing on the pavement. A still image above shows the boy just before he was struck.  

As a result, he sustained a non life threatening head injury.

As a precaution, he was transported to a local trauma center for treatment and further evaluation.

Further investigation revealed that the 24-year-old driver failed to observe the flashing red lights. A Field Sobriety Test was conducted and determined that he was not impaired. He was issued several motor vehicles summons.

(Video below provided to TLS exclusively by Ariz Car Rental)


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    • Yes, they are. All 4 lanes must come to a complete stop unless there is a median divider. Then traffic going in the opposite direction must slow to 10 mph as they pass.

  1. BH his injuries are non life threatening, Goose Gossage highly recommends suing for every dollar his insurance company has, as it’s an easy win.
    Not much too deliberate.

    Gossage out!

  2. Not condoning what happened but… Before posting these types of posts I hope you make sure to have it reviewed by someone competent in Hilchos Shmiras Haloshon.

  3. There should be VERY stiff penalties (like $2500) for a first offense, aside of hefty points. Word will get out pretty fast. Drivers will stop being “holier than thou” and stop when the lights flash.

    Not a question of “gotcha”, an issue of safety. Too many kids being hurt (or worse) bc of impatient drivers.

    If that half minute is more valuable than the safety of your community’s children, pay the price.

  4. It’s ridiculous years ago and I’m talking many years ago. Buses never dropped off on mean highways or streets even Sunset Road was considered a dangerous street back then and buses weren’t allowed to stop there now they stop everywhere. I don’t know if it’s allowed or not but it shouldn’t be. They shouldn’t be allowed to stop on main highways or busy roads. They should have to turn onto a side street is extremely dangerous for our community and our children and I think also, these kids ask the drivers to stop and wherever they want to be dropped off and the drivers just stop we have to put a stop to this it’s not safe bh he was ok

    • I agree. I grew up on 14th st not too many years ago and I wasn’t allowed to cross over there and the one time I asked a driver to let me cross so that I can get off at an earlier stop he told me that he would lose his job if he’d let. I’m not sure how this became ok.

  5. I think the fine should be $5000 for such a violation and a one year suspended license. People would really think twice about such nonsense. Where they are going is not more important than safety or someone’s life.

  6. @Fred
    I initially thought so too, but if you watch it again you’ll see that the left red flashing light is only blocked from our view by a road sign that it passed between it and the camera.

  7. Both lights are blinking. What you may be referring to is the moment the bus passes a light pole and the blinking light is blocked from view.

  8. another important thing people don’t seem to know


    last night a car driving down the 9 without headlights almost got crashed 5 times.

    YES I was the crazy guy behind you brighting you for 2 miles, every car coming the other way was also brighting you!

    no one was able to see you!

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