UPDATE: Car's driver jailed after collision with school bus

UPDATE: Car's driver jailed after collision with school bus

URBANA — Five Urbana school children escaped serious injury late Thursday morning when the school bus they were on was hit by a car that allegedly ran a stop sign.

The driver of their bus and the man who hit it were both taken to the hospital for treatment.

Urbana police Lt. Bob Fitzgerald said Patrick Gilyard, 27, of Urbana, allegedly ran a stop sign at the intersection of Oregon Street and Cottage Grove, striking the First Student bus near the front on the driver’s side.

The bus was headed north on Cottage Grove and the car was eastbound on Oregon, Fitzgerald said.

The impact of the collision caused both vehicles to leave the roadway. The bus hit a light pole, taking it down, before it ran into a tree. The car was at its side when the vehicles came to rest.

“The tree stopped the bus from going any farther,” Fitzgerald said.

There were five children from Urbana District 116’s Early Childhood School, 2202 E. Washington St., on the bus as well as its driver, Alma Smith of Champaign. She was taking the children home.

Fitzgerald said the accident was the fault of Gilyard, who was taken to the county jail after he received treatment.

He was issued tickets for driving while his license was suspended and disobeying a stop sign.

The children were not seriously injured.

Smith was taken to Carle Hospital for what appeared to be an injury to her arm. She was being treated Thursday afternoon.

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cjw61822@hotmail.com wrote on September 07, 2017 at 4:09 pm

Yodler you have posted here before telling us that DUS drivers should be put in jail.  Wanna comment about this one not going to jail either?


Didnt think so.

Local Yocal wrote on September 08, 2017 at 7:09 am
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The driver should not have been jailed for driving on a suspended license- nor should he have been jailed for running a stop sign. The driver's insurance company should compensate all victims for medical expenses and any pain and suffering due to the accident. The driver's insurance premiums should be raised to reflect the cost to the company, and further financial penalties- including an extension of probation time- should be levied against the driver in court