Robert J. McComiskey of Interlachen, Florida was allegedly driving his pickup truck without a license on a recent Friday morning, when he reportedly failed to yield the right away to a school bus. The bus swerved but was unable to get out of the way. McComiskey’s pickup hit the side of the bus where a six year old boy was sitting. The child suffered only minor injuries, and the other three children on the bus were not injured. The driver of the bus escaped injury as well.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at the intersection of Theresa Avenue and Diane Street in Putnam County at 9:30 am. Even though McComiskey was wearing a seatbelt, he was critically injured and had to be taken to Putnam Community Medical Center in Palatka, Florida. The Florida Highway Patrol has charged him with violation of right of way and operating a motor vehicle without being licensed.
I find myself writing about school bus accidents that cause child injuries far too often. Drivers need to be extra cautious when they see a school bus approaching and be sure to follow the rules of the road, especially those designed for school bus safety. When it comes to driving near schools and school buses, a little extra caution can help save lives.
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