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Video shows car passing stopped bus in Pittstown, nearly hitting child

October 17, 2018 07:02 PM

PITTSTOWN -- Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m., Joe Carista was waiting for his 7-year-old daughter to come home from school. 

The bus pulled up on Route 7 in Pittstown. The little girl came down the bus steps and started running to her father. Then, a car whipped by and almost hit her. 

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The driver, who was going in the direction of Troy, never stopped. 

"It was real close," said Carista. "If she was a couple more inches getting off the bus, a lot of the days, she'll get off and run off the bus towards the house. I just happened to be out there that day and she kind of stopped when she saw me. But if she had run off the bus, she would have run right in front of him."

Drivers passing stopped school buses have long been a problem. In this case, it was an especially outrageous maneuver. It's a single-lane road on both sides and the driver actually went off the road to get by the bus on the right-hand side -- which is the side that has the door for children. 

The bus had all its lights on and signs out. 

This happened in front of Carista's business, Upstate Auto Sales. The close call was captured on one of its many security cameras. 

Carista said the bus driver did what he could, honking and yelling. 

Carista called 911. 

"After the state police showed up, he informed me that this happens often and I'm just wondering why they don't have a camera on the front and rear of the bus," said Carista. "They'd be able to capture the plates of these people. There'd probably by a lot less of this going on and they'd be able to catch these guys." 

Carista says it all happened so fast. He says the car was going about 40 miles per hour and he wants the driver caught. 

"Another couple of seconds and it could have been a whole different situation," he said. 

The Brittonkill school superintendent says the new buses the district is buying will be able to be retrofitted with outside cameras in the future. 

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Kumi Tucker

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