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11/7/2013 10:00:00 AM
SUV crashes into school bus
Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier
Prescott Valley Police, Central Yavapai Fire and Lifeline Ambulance personnel work the scene of of two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Lone Cactus and Spouse Drive involving a Humboldt Unified School District bus and a small SUV Thursday morning.
Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier
Prescott Valley Police, Central Yavapai Fire and Lifeline Ambulance personnel work the scene of of two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Lone Cactus and Spouse Drive involving a Humboldt Unified School District bus and a small SUV Thursday morning.
The Daily Courier


PRESCOTT VALLEY - A collision between a car and a Humboldt Unified School District bus Thursday morning injured three people, a police spokesman said.

The crash happened at about 8:15 a.m. on Spouse Drive at Lone Cactus. A small SUV driven by Clifford Deane, 58, of Prescott Valley failed to stop at the sign on Lone Cactus and struck the bus in the side as it passed through the intersection, said Sgt. Brandon Bonney.

Deane was injured and was taken to YRMC West by ambulance.

Two of the children on the bus, a 6-year-old male and an 11-year-old female, were taken to YRMC East, but, Bonney said, the injuries appeared to be minor and the ambulance transport "may have been precautionary."

Bonney said there were 44 children on the bus as it headed to Granville Elementary. The remaining children were placed on another bus and taken to the school.

Deane's injuries are unknown, he said, but are not believed to be life-threatening.

Deane was cited for failure to stop at a stop sign. Bonney said impairment is not suspected.






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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, November 10, 2013
Article comment by: Use caution around school buses!!

School buses are bright yellow, tall, reflective, with 6 wheels that spin around.....it astounds me that people run into these things.
The bright yellow color is supposed to alert people to use caution around buses and make buses more visible!
Are some people in that much of a hurry to jeopardize the safety of the bus's progress to school and its occupants?
While we are on the subject, drive no faster than15mph through designated school zones please and stop when children enter the cross walk!


Posted: Saturday, November 09, 2013
Article comment by: William Shakespear

Lawsuits only make lawyers wealthy. Those advocating litigation clearly know nothing of American jurisprudence.

Posted: Friday, November 08, 2013
Article comment by: @ Mav Maveth

What a petty, angry person. Your sue happy mentality perfectly encapsulates everything wrong with today's society. And I'm not talking about the kids - it's the old, bitter adults.

Nobody sues anybody in this incident. You won't be crowing about being right about that. Thank Koresh.


Posted: Friday, November 08, 2013
Article comment by: @Mav Maveth

Wow - Mav, on the "joy factor" scale you do not have any reading. I would like to suggest that you take 5 minuts and look around and be thankful for what you have, your freedom, your faith, your friendships, your family and on and on and on. Be thankful that no one was hurt in this accident. I would hope that maybe you would start to love with gratitude because your posts are terribly negative. Your poo family. I would hope that you start to give the community the best you have and maybe the best will come back to you. Just remember this - you become what you think about -
have a most wonderful weekend Mav and I hope you find time to smile


Posted: Friday, November 08, 2013
Article comment by: Mav Maveth

@Really Mav, @Jamie H, etc:

Let's see. He was not under the influence, and the "punishment" he received from the law was a "failure to stop" ticket. Guess I called that one.

As to whether or not he should be sued -- really. How can you miss seeing something as big as frickin' *SCHOOL* *BUS*. Huge, bright yellow, etc. This idiot deserves to be sued -- and as the law will obviously not do anything, that is the only recourse to ensure that he receives a memorable punishment.

So, I was right all around. As usual. I'm sure that many parents have already contacted and/or retained lawyers...

Anyone want to lay odds on whether or not some shyster lawyer convinces one or more of the families to sue the School and School District as well?


Posted: Friday, November 08, 2013
Article comment by: @ There you go again

Actually the driver did not make contact with the bus, the SUV he was driving did.

Ergo, the SUV hit the bus. Just like a bus stops at a stop sign, or a plane lands.


Don't get all silly about sentence structure, particularly when common usage doesn't support your argument AND CONTRIBUTES NOTHING!!!!


Posted: Friday, November 08, 2013
Article comment by: Hooty Hoo

@ Mav Maveth: Parents of kids riding a school bus cannot sue that driver, they give that right up to the school district. They can only sue the school district. The school district can sue the driver, not anyone else.

Posted: Friday, November 08, 2013
Article comment by: k n

@ there you go again.
Calm down - they simply reported that an SUV struck the bus. If a motorcycle or bicycle
had done so, they would have also reported it.


Posted: Friday, November 08, 2013
Article comment by: G. Knight

@mav maveth

Wow, good thing you've never made a mistake before. Granted, some mistakes are bigger than others but it's not like this person purposely smashed into a school bus. It must be nice to be all Christ-like & all, but I hope the next time you make a mistake, you also receive what some stranger perceives to be your rightful "punishment." Geez laweez bro.


Posted: Friday, November 08, 2013
Article comment by: District Citizen

Suring a person into poverty only perpetuates an ongoing problem in this country. What will it solve? Will it make the accident go away? Will it make the pain go away? No, the facts are it has happened. The person driving the vehicle that hit the bus will be handled under the law criminally. Civilly, he can be sued, but there are limitations in which he an be sued for.

This is why we have a lot of issues in this country. This is why healthcare is so damn expensive, people sue for everything they can and it is easier to settle out of court than to take it to court. If people would grow up and do the right thing, we all might be a little better at the end of the day.


Posted: Friday, November 08, 2013
Article comment by: Sassy Lynn

@Mav Maveth....

You are a glowing example of just what is wrong with our country today.

Stub your toe, you need to sue.

Break a finger nail, your need to sue.

No one but the driver in the wrong was really injured. They get to look forward to higher insurance rates, the cost of the repair of their vehicle, etc... They are already "paying".

The children are fine. EMS personnel took measures to make sure that any possible injuries were treated.

What happened to the day when a parent would just hug their kids and breath a sigh of relief that their kids were not injured?

When are the adults going to stand up and act like adults? To wish someone sued into poverty is just wrong. I would use the word childish, but I have seen some children act more adult than their parent.

Thank God, or what ever diety your worship, that the kids are fine. Shame on you for your poor example to the community children.


Posted: Friday, November 08, 2013
Article comment by: There You Go Again

Courier: The SUV did not 'hit' the school bus. The DRIVER of the SUV hit the school bus. Left alone, the SUV or any mechnaical object will do nothing until directed to by the operator. Stop your assult on our liberty and freedom to choose what we choose to drive.

Posted: Friday, November 08, 2013
Article comment by: REAL AMERICAN C.P.O. USN Retired RETIRED OLD MAN TOO

BUT camera's on all school buses!!

Posted: Thursday, November 07, 2013
Article comment by: Really Mav

Seriously? Yeah let's teach our kids to be a sue happy bunch! Every time somebody screws up lets sue them into poverty to teach them a lesson. And we wonder what's wrong with kids? Here's the answer...THE ADULTS! There doesn't need to be a lawsuit! The insurance increase and citation is enough! Everybody is fine! Get over it Mav or get therapy! You are being absolutely ridiculous! What is wrong with you?

Posted: Thursday, November 07, 2013
Article comment by: @ Mav Maveth

Wow - such vitriol and without knowing any facts.

And no - he will probably not be sued at all. I bet you are frothing that he didn't hit your kids bus. Seeing $$ already, aren't you?


Posted: Thursday, November 07, 2013
Article comment by: J L

A school bus almost hit me turning into my subdivision. He for sure was going way to fast.

Posted: Thursday, November 07, 2013
Article comment by: Mav Maveth

@JAMIE H:

Crying about why kick a man when he's down? How about because, *ESPECIALLY* if he was not under the influence (maybe just "distracted" by talking on the cell phone or texting), the "law" will do nothing other than *MAYBE* issue a "failure to control vehicle" and/or "running a stop sign" ticket. Hardly a punishment. However, suing him into poverty *WOULD* be a punishment, don't you think? Even if he were under the influence.

Of course, I was speaking rhetorically. He *WILL* be sued, you can be sure of that...


Posted: Thursday, November 07, 2013
Article comment by: Big Yellow Bus.

@Mav Maveth, I agree with you completely. My Son works on the School bus in Mayer and I am always worried about him. DRIVE CAREFULLY folks. Hell, It is a BIG YELLOW Bus, how hard can it be to see!!!!

Posted: Thursday, November 07, 2013
Article comment by: Only thing better than a pair

Wonder what's more important, paying attention to details while driving or when reading?
Both seem to be overlooked by the same people.


Posted: Thursday, November 07, 2013
Article comment by: Tri City Educator

Having seen the aftermath of this I want to commend school officials, along with emergency response and law enforcement. The principal and district personnel were on the scene immediately to assist the kids from the wrecked bus to the new one. They comforted students during this frightening time for them. Great job HUSD!

Posted: Thursday, November 07, 2013
Article comment by: Jamie H

My son was on that bus this morning, and although shakin' up a bit, he's doing fine. I find one of the comments here to be the very disheartening. A 58 year old man is in the hospital right now and already someone is thinking it would "serve him right" to be "sued into poverty." That's pathetic and the very reason our Country's communities are a mess right now! Let the law and the courts handle it, especially if "under the influence." Why kick the man while he's down? I'm fairly certain that running into a bus full of children is already painful enough.

Posted: Thursday, November 07, 2013
Article comment by: Felicia R

I have seen so many people not stop at that sign! I hope that lady gets fined big time. I am sure that scared the children and being a parent of a child that rides the bus every day this is a big fear of mine!

Posted: Thursday, November 07, 2013
Article comment by: Mav Maveth

I've lost count of how many times I've seen people run the stop signs at Lone Cactus and Spouse.

I'm glad none of the children were seriously injured, and I hope the driver of the SUV is both cited and then sued into poverty by the parents of the children who were on that bus.

It would serve him right.


Posted: Thursday, November 07, 2013
Article comment by: Terry Vila

Once again people need to pay attention to what they are doing while driving, I saw a car pass a stopped bus with the red lights flashing and stop sign out on Willow Lake Rd. this morning, People feel the laws do not apply to them....



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