During one of the first days of school, a teenage girl was nearly hit by a speeding truck as she was walking on to her designated school bus.
On August 20, as Fox 13 reports, a school bus dashcam caught the moment a 15-year-old high school student was crossing the street in order to get onto her bus. Before coming to a stop, the bus driver put it’s hazard lights on and extended the stop sign that is meant to prevent other vehicles on the road to drive around the bus.
However, as footage from the dashcam shows, an older pickup truck neglected to stop, nearly hitting the teen as she crossed the street. The shock is evident on the girl’s face when she realizes the truck wasn’t going to stop on her behalf.
WARNING: Please let this serve as a reminder that Bartow County Schools are in session. State law requires you to stop when school busses activate their caution lights and stop sign system.In this case, the suspected driver was charged with Reckless Driving, Tampering with Evidence, Failure to Maintain Lane, Failure to Stop for School Bus Loading/Unloading, Failure to Obey Stop Sign, and other charges. Thanks to Bartow County School Bus Driver Shannon Banks, this 15-year-old is safe. However, please remember, failure to obey the law could have life-threatening consequences.
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According to Fox 13, some say it was the bus driver, Shannon Banks’, quick reaction by laying on the horn after realizing the truck wasn’t stopping that may have saved the teen’s life.
In a statement addressing the harrowing moment, officials said:
“Ms. Banks immediately started blowing her horn, but despite that, the caution lights and active stop sign system on the bus, the driver went around the bus and nearly struck a 15-year-old girl.”
Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap added:
“I truly believe that if Ms. Banks hadn’t blown the bus horn, alerting the child, this story could have had a very different outcome.”
After finishing her route, Banks told her supervisors what had happened earlier that morning. The supervisors then notified local authorities, who launched an investigation.
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Nine days later, the man driving the truck was arrested and now faces multiple charges:
“Following protocol, Ms. Banks notified her supervisors, who then contacted the sheriff’s office. An investigation was launched following that phone call and the suspect was apprehended after several bus drivers reported seeing the distinctive older vehicle at a residence in the area of Road #3 South.”
As Fox 13 reports, 42-year-old Blake Tyson Lockwood was apprehended on August 29 and could be charged with reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, failure to stop for school bus loading/unloading, failure to obey stop sign, and several other charges.
The school district said they are “proud to have Ms. Banks, a quick, sharp-witted bus driver who cares about all Bartow County children on bus #198, not just her own.”
They also sent a warning to other drivers that “failure to obey the law could have life-threatening consequences.”