SC Deputy Narrowly Misses Teen Boarding School Bus
ANDERSON, SC (TIM WALLER, WYFF-TV) — It was a close call for one young lady getting ready to board a school bus in the South Carolina upstate. Security video was recording as a distracted deputy, speeding to a call, was inches away from running over a 15-year-old attending Pendleton High School.
Anderson County Superintendent, Joanne Avery, spoke before a crowd during a press conference and prepared them for the video.
“She (the bus driver) noticed a car in her rear-view mirror that was not slowing down, even though the red bus lights were flashing,” she said.
The incident played out as student Jordan Reyes stood at the end of her driveway, preparing to enter the bus.
That is when the deputy, distracted by her GPS, is seen blowing between the girl and the school bus on Old Greenville Highway.
The bus driver, Ilah Beard, watched in horror.
“I haven’t been doing good at all,” she said during that press conference. “I’ve been reliving it every day. I pass by that house several times a day. Just to know that Jordan almost lost her life, it just kills me.”
Reyes also spoke about the incident and said, “I just wish that in situations like these, no one else would have to go through what I did that day, what my bus driver had to go through,” she said.
Immediately following the incident, the deputy was cited, suspended and reassigned.
“When we go down the road we see people reading books, magazines, texting on their phone, putting makeup on in the mirror, we see a lot,” said Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride. “I hate that this time it was one of us.”
It’s a teachable moment for everyone involved, including law enforcement. This one, though, with a happy ending.