Friday, May 20, 2011
The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s investigation into a school bus accident that left a North Callaway student dead in January concluded the bus driver didn’t wait long enough for the student to get out of the path of the bus before driving forward.
The report stated, “This crash occurred because Driver No. 1 (Willie R. Leonberger, 77, of Auxvasse) failed to account for both students he unloaded. (Leonberger) then failed to follow the proper protocol when such an incident occurs. Because of this, Vehicle No. 1 traveled forward before Pedestrian No. 1 (Hunter Pitt, 6, of Williamsburg) had successfully crossed the roadway. As a result, (Pitt) was struck by Vehicle No. 1.”
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