School Bus Driver Ticketed After Morning Wreck

August 31, 2012

A school bus driver was ticketed for violation of right of way following a Friday morning accident near a Santa Rosa County school.

Bus driver April Stone, age 36 of Pace, was stopped at a stop sign at Sports Drive at Highway 90 when she pulled into the path of a Suzuki motorcycle driven by 36-year old Samantha Ann McClung of Milton, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

McClung was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola in serious condition. She was wearing a helmet.

Stone and her passenger, 62-year old Carol L. Nugent of Cantonment, were not injured in the crash near S.S. Dixon Primary School in Pace.


11 Responses to “School Bus Driver Ticketed After Morning Wreck”

  1. shelly on September 12th, 2012 6:22 am

    Do you think that you seen a bus drive breaking traffic laws, that you could be responsible for this accident because you didn’t report other incident you’ve seen. You can type some message here but not call the bus barn and make a complaint that could save children’s life!?

  2. someguy on September 3rd, 2012 1:21 am

    Bus drivers seem to be very aggressive drivers; running stop signs, cutting people off, pulling right out in front of people; all of these have either happened to me or I have witnessed personally. Sure, they’re driving a “mobile home” as Bill put it, but shouldn’t that mean they pay MORE attention to what they’re doing because of that fact? Let alone the fact that they carry a good number of children who aren’t required to wear seatbelts.

  3. ralph on September 2nd, 2012 5:52 pm

    I pray the victoms are going to be fine. Please anyone who rides a motorcycle sign up for organ donation. Your sacrifice can save lives.

  4. friend on September 1st, 2012 9:35 am

    And if this was your loved one that came so very close to death and is in ICU right now in a drug induced coma would you still say “get a grip”? I just can’t understand you trying to defend these action Bill. Thank you dear Lord for being with Samantha that morning. She would have not made it without your loving hand over her.

  5. friend on September 1st, 2012 9:27 am

    Bill, if some one has that much trouble drive that big mobile home as you put it, do you think its such a good idea to let them transport little kids back and forth to school daily? If the driver is sitting at a stop sign and can’t see oncoming traffic through all those big windows they DO NOT need to be putting our kids and everyone else on the road at risk. That’s just selfish!

  6. Bill on September 1st, 2012 8:02 am

    Have any of you critics tried to drive one of those tanks before? It’s like trying to drive a mobile home down the road. So you folks in your little cars try and put yourselves in the drivers place before you try and think you can do better. Get a grip!

  7. friend on August 31st, 2012 10:30 pm

    Mrs Stone needs to count her blessing. Instead of a ticket she could be going to prison for manslaughter which she came very very close to doing this morning. Because of the lack of attention while driving a school bus two boys came close to loosing their mom and a loving husband loosing his soul mate. Look both ways next time. Thank God there was no kids on the bus at the time.

  8. Doug on August 31st, 2012 9:11 pm

    Terrible, I drove through all of that this morning. Firetruck was blocking both west bound lanes and we all had to drive through the turning lane. Cops everywhere but there was no motorcycle or bus present. I am a biker also and I hope she gets well soon.

  9. mnon on August 31st, 2012 7:05 pm

    I always thought that eventually someone was going to hit a school bus in the Milton/Pace area. On numerous occasions buses would just pull right out in front of traffic, sometimes it was me. It always shocked me that bus drivers in that area were so brazen. I would get up and leave early just so I would beat the buses pulling out of residential areas during the school year because of it. These buses would pull out with cars doing 45-50 with 15-20 feet to spare. I’ve seen many cars lock brakes to keep from t-boning a bus. This has gone on for a long while.

  10. Steve Evanoff on August 31st, 2012 1:34 pm

    I hope the young lady will be fine. Some school bus drivers are some of the worst drivers that do not obey most of the traffic laws. I work for a utility company and drive in both counties. Even on my street in Pace they speed and run the two stop signs. You can even see them on thier cell phones.

  11. Fred on August 31st, 2012 10:46 am

    Praying for a speedy recovery of Ms. McClung. I am glad she was wearing a helmet.