New Photos of Jeep that Blew Past School Bus, Almost Hit Girl


UPDATE: State police believe the vehicle involved in Tuesday's incident may be a 2007 Jeep Commander with Connecticut license plates. Investigators were able to locate new surveillance photos of the vehicle.

Joe Carista was waiting for his 7-year-old daughter to get home from school on Tuesday. The bus pulled up on Route 7 in Pittstown, put on it's stop lights and displayed it's stop sign. Carista's daughter came down the stars. She was running, but stopped just as a car illegally passed the bus and almost hit her. 

That driver never stopped.

Had her father not been standing at the end of the driveway, she may have continued running toward the house and been hit by the speeding car. The car, not only passed the stopped school bus, but it did so on a single-lane road, passing the bus on the right-hand-side, partly on the shoulder and partly on the dirt on the side of the road.

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

The close call was captured on camera that was set up outside of Carista's business, Upstate Auto Sales.

Police are now saying that the vehicle is a navy blue Jeep, possibly with Canadian or out-of-state plates,  driven by a white male in his 40's or 50's. If you have any information, please call 518-279-4427.

Photo: WNYT

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