Suspect Caught On Video Driving Past School Bus With Stop Arms Out Misses Court Appearance
The man police say was driving the car caught on camera in September driving past a stopped Parkway school bus that had its stop arms extended in Ballwin failed to appear in court earlier this week.
A Ballwin Municipal Court clerk tells ABC 30 News that Matthew McCloskey did not attend his scheduled court appearance Tuesday evening on four charges connected to the incident.
The incident was one of the first this school year nationally involving vehicles either driving past school buses with stop arms extended, or children being struck boarding or leaving school buses.
A 7-year-old Maryland girl is currently in a coma after she was hit by a truck after she got off her school bus on Tuesday afternoon.
The main school district in San Antonio, Texas reported this week that approximately 100 drivers were being ticketed per day driving past school buses with stop arms deployed. Another school district in the San Antonio area says about 15,000 drivers were ticketed last school year.
Last month, three siblings in Indiana were killed when police say a woman driving a pickup slammed into them as they crossed the road to attempt to board their school bus.
A petition submitted to WhiteHouse.gov last month is pushing for severe penalties involving bus stop safety.