Richfield MN School Bus-Pedestrian Crash: Bus crash left girl with broken bones

Richfield MN School Bus-Pedestrian Crash: Bus crash left girl with broken bones


06/09/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Nicole Howley // Nicole Howley

Minneapolis, MN—A seventh-grader is recovering from leg and pelvis fractures after a school bus, that she just happened to get off of, struck her. The girl was hit about 8 a.m. on Monday morning, June 7, 2010, as she was crossing Penn Avenue S. near 75th Street in Richfield, as reported by the Star Tribune.

Richfield Police reported, the 13-year-old girl had just got off her bus at Richfield Middle School and was crossing Penn Avenue S, to a nearby facility which caters to at-risk and special-education students. As the girl was in the crosswalk, the bus made a left turn onto northbound Penn, subsequently hitting the girl.

Officials did report the traffic light at Penn and 75th was green at the time.

The girl sustained fractures in her leg and pelvis from the accident. She was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment, and is expected to survive.

The school bus driver, Craig Cooklock, 60, of St. Louis Park, was cited by police officers for inattentive driving, a misdemeanor offense. Cooklock is said to be “very distraught” over the accident.

Cooklock was reportedly not on his cell phone or distracted in anyway at the time. He apparently “just didn’t see her,” said Police Lt. Jay Henthorne.

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