MCCORDSVILLE, Indiana (WRTV) – A mother in Indiana urges all drivers to be more careful on the road after a UPS driver allegedly passed a stopped school bus and nearly hit three of her children. The driver was charged in the incident.
Kelley Beal, a mother of four, experienced one of a parent’s worst nightmares on September 9 when three of her children were nearly hit by a UPS truck as they got off the school bus in McCordsville, Ontario. Indiana.
The mother said she saw the driver of the UPS truck quickly come up behind the bus, whose stop arm was out. She panicked when the driver allegedly illegally passed the bus, coming within inches of hitting three of her children, who were about to cross the street in front of the bus.
The incident was captured on home security video and on the video system on board the school bus.
“Fortunately, unfortunately, having this video, hearing me screaming to stop will be played in my head forever,” Beal said. “I saw what was going to happen and did everything I could to stop it. I ran as fast as I could. I screamed as loud as I could.
Luckily, Beal says her older sibling pulled her siblings away and the UPS driver pulled over just in time.
“I don’t think he ever really heard me. I think what stopped him was just seeing the kids there on the bus, ”she said.
Prosecutors accused William Bullock of passing a school bus when the arm’s signal was extended Thursday morning, according to online records.
A probable cause affidavit says Bullock admitted to passing the bus but “thought [it] was stopped on the right side of the road with its dangers activated. He told police “he felt sick from the incident.”
Beal says she is grateful for the video of the incident and hopes everyone who sees her will pay more attention on the road.
“I don’t know how close you can get to a very serious tragedy. We don’t normally see something like this filmed. So use it, take it, open your eyes, pay attention. Nowhere you go is worth a life, including yours, ”she said.
Prior to the announcement of the charges, UPS said it was investigating the incident and would take appropriate action.
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