Tuesday, May 28, 2024

11-year-old school bus rider injured in Colwood hit-and-run


West Shore RCMP are seeking the public’s help after a driver sped past a stopped school bus before striking an elementary student crossing the road at a marked crosswalk.

Last Friday, May 27th at 3:10 p.m., police responded to a report that an 11-year-old was injured following a collision along University Drive at the Royal Roads Colwood campus.

Following the incident, Kristina Judas says her son trekked home crying and disoriented, unable to explain what happened to him coherently.

That’s when Judas called School District 62 (SD62) for answers. She then got in touch with campus security, who notified RCMP.

“He sustained a concussion, his bottom teeth were knocked loose … and [there is] soft tissue damage on his left knee and leg,” Judas told Victoria Buzz.

She recalls her son saying he smacked into the SUV’s side mirror, which made him spin onto the vehicle’s side, hitting his head and the left side of his body.

According to RCMP, Judas’ son was eventually treated for minor injuries.

The school bus, part of SD62’s fleet, had its flashing lights and stop signals activated; but police say the SUV driver failed to hit the breaks, prompting a collision at the crosswalk.

While Judas claims the bus driver neglected to check on her son’s well-being, the suspect did get out of his vehicle but later left the scene.

“The school bus driver stayed seated, yelling at the other driver that it was a $10,000 fine, but never got out to physically check on my son,” added Judas.

“Instead, he simply asked [my son] Hudson if he was OK, took the word of an 11-year-old child in shock, and then yelled at Hudson to run home as fast as he could.”

The SUV driver is described as a Caucasian man between the ages of 55 to 60, standing at around 5’6″ with a stocky build, short grey hair and glasses, while the vehicle is a newer model blue four-door SUV.

West Shore RCMP are asking the driver, or anyone who may have witnessed the collision or has dashcam footage to come forward and call the detachment at (250) 474-2264.

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