Police in western Washington state are looking for the driver of a white SUV that they say nearly ran over three kids as the children were boarding a school bus on Friday morning.
Surveillance cameras, on board the bus, captured the moment the vehicle sped between the students and the open bus door. The video (shown below) clearly shows the SUV narrowly missing the children.
Lisa Razo, who was at the stop with her 5- and 9-year-old daughters, told KOMO News she can barely stand to watch the video.
"My kids, they were so close to being taken away from me. It's really, really hard to watch," she said.
Brandy Wheeler, whose 10-year-old son was also at the bus stop in Graham — about an hour’s drive south of Seattle — said she was furious at the SUV driver.
"When we knew our kids were okay the anger set in," Wheeler told KOMO News. "I took off running. I was part way down this hill after her.”
The driver of the vehicle never stopped.
One of the girls in the video, 5-year-old Charity Wolf, said the white SUV did touch her as it drove by.
"It kind of ran over my shoe a little," Charity told KOMO.
Razo told KING News the driver of the SUV passed the bus on the road’s right-hand shoulder and didn’t appear to slow down at all. The speed limit on the street near the bus stop is 45 mph.
"I don't know if they were late for work. I don't know if they were texting or doing something that they shouldn't have been and at the last minute hit the bus but they almost hit three children," Razo said.
A representative from the Bethel School District said the bus was stopped properly with lights flashing and the stop sign paddle board extended, but the driver sped by anyway.
Parents of the children and police in the Pierce County area are asking people to be on the lookout for a an older model, white GMC Jimmy, or similar vehicle, with tinted windows, sunroof and chrome wheels. The Tacoma Pierce County Crimestoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
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