Jaidyn Williams – the 8-year-old boy struck by a car as he was boarding a school bus Dec. 9 on Belair Road – died at Georgia Regents Medical Center the day after Christmas.
Scott William Hancock, who police say was driving the minivan that hit the fourth-grader, was in the Richmond County jail Friday, without bond, on charges of serious injury by motor vehicle, reckless driving and failure to stop for a school bus while loading and unloading. With Jaidyn’s death, more charges are possible.
Whenever a driver attempts to flout the warning signals of a stopped school bus, it shows a dangerous disdain for the basic rules that hold society together.
Waiting behind a deliberately slow bus can be aggravating. But if you think it’s harmless to drive past a bus or curve around one despite its flashing red signals, you’re wrong.
You’re buying just a few seconds of saved travel time at an incredible risk. It’s not worth jeopardizing a child’s life to attempt reaching your destination less than a minute earlier.
A woman in Cleveland, Ohio, last year made it a habit of zipping past a stopped school bus in her Jeep. She almost hit children, and a judge ordered her to stand at a busy intersection with a sign reading, “Only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus.”
The sign that really matters, though, is the flashing red “stop” sign you obey to help assure that tragedies such as this never happen.