Urbana man gets probation for hitting school bus while license suspended

Urbana man gets probation for hitting school bus while license suspended

URBANA — An Urbana man who hit a school bus in that city at a time when he should not have been driving was sentenced Tuesday to a year of probation and two weeks in the county jail.

Patrick Gilyard, 28, who listed an address in the 1600 block of North Willow Road, pleaded guilty in March before Champaign County Judge Adam Dill to misdemeanor driving under suspension.

He admitted that on Sept. 7, he was driving a car that ran a stop sign at the intersection of Oregon Street and Cottage Grove Avenue, hitting a First Student bus. Prior to that incident, his driver's license had been suspended.

Urbana police said five schoolchildren from the Early Childhood School and two adults, including the driver, were on the bus.

The children were not hurt, but the driver sustained a minor injury for which she received treatment.

Assistant State's Attorney Victoria Dedman said Gilyard is eligible for good time on his jail sentence. He was also ordered to perform 200 hours of public service.

Gilyard was also fined $5 for running the stop sign, a petty offense.

Dedman said Gilyard had a previous conviction from South Carolina for driving while suspended.

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