Bus driver ticketed after striking pedestrian in Ann Arbor
A Central Academy school bus driver has been cited for failing to yield after he struck a pedestrian who was crossing Birch Hollow Drive in a crosswalk Tuesday night, Ann Arbor police said.
The pedestrian, a 63-year-old Ann Arbor woman, was knocked to the ground by the bus at about 5:50 p.m. and taken by ambulance to University of Michigan Hospital for treatment, police said.
She was knocked unconscious, a family member said, and suffered two cracked ribs and a broken right leg. She remains hospitalized tonight, but could be released tomorrow. She then will have to spend a week or two in a rehabilitation center, her family said.
Nineteen children were on the bus, but no one was injured, according to police spokeswoman Lt. Renee Renee Bush. The driver, a 53-year-old Ypsilanti man, was making a left turn from southbound Stone School Road to travel east on Birch Hollow Drive when he hit the pedestrian, who was walking north, Bush said. School officials said the bus driver was taking students, mostly middle school-aged, home after an afterschool program.
Luay Shalabi, the principal of the PreK-12 public charter school, has spoken with the driver and hospital staff. He said it's his understanding the bus was traveling slowly.
Shalabi said it was raining out when the accident occurred, the bus had a car in front of it, and the woman walked between the car and the bus. He said the driver did not see the woman.
Shalabi said the driver continues to work for the school and school officials plan to review the reports on the accident.
Lee Higgins covers crime and courts for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached by phone at (734) 623-2527 and email at firstname.lastname@example.org.