Driver Hits School Bus In Highway 29 Construction Zone

October 16, 2019

A Pensacola man was cited for hitting school bus in a Highway 29 construction zone Tuesday.

William Joseph Brewer, 71, was traveling north on Highway 29 in a 2004 Ford Crown Victoria in the left lane while a 2019 school bus driven by Cathleen Schlobohm of Molino was in the right lane. Both stopped at a red light at the intersection of  9 1/2 Mile Road. Due to the road construct, a lane shift occurred. The bus properly negotiated the lane shift, but Brewer did not, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The right side of the Crown Victoria collided with the left side of the school bus.

Brewer, Schlobohm, and an adult passenger on the bus, Betty Cloy of Cantonment, were not injured. There were no children on the bus at the time.

Brewer was ticketed for failure to use the designated lane by FHP.


13 Responses to “Driver Hits School Bus In Highway 29 Construction Zone”

  1. David Huie Green on October 17th, 2019 10:14 pm

    That location IS bad there, needs more reflectors and/or striping. Really it mostly needs to do such a change other than in the middle of an intersection.

    As to age:

    By age 70, drivers are back to being nearly as dangerous as people in their twenties. From 80 and up, they are about as dangerous as 16 – 17 year-olds (and that’s bad).

    For statistics on it:

    David for self-driving cars
    (and buses now that I’m not driving one)

  2. Molinogirl on October 16th, 2019 10:44 pm

    71 is not “elderly” for a lot of folks nowadays. The term should’ve probably been left out of that headline unless age was a factor in this accident. The way the roads are in Ensley and other places in this particular area and with the rain, this could’ve happened to a person of any age. The roads are jacked up and they need to get them done. It is absolutely ridiculous how long they have been messed up. No excuses for this prolonged mess. When it rains hard in Ensley you can’t even tell where the lines are on the road to maintain your lane.

  3. Alex on October 16th, 2019 8:00 pm

    Terrible the way Roads Inc. has left so many of our roads in town. And continually districting and leaving half done jobs all over. There is a dog leg there and I’m surprised this is the 1st accident at that location.

  4. Bill M on October 16th, 2019 2:28 pm

    I’m 68 and the last decade has been tough on my vehicles but not because of my driving! I had a young man run a stop sign at Maxwell and Davis, T-bone my truck, roll it over and total it. Then I was driving by West Fl. Hospital when an ambulance turned on her lights, so the car next to me and my truck stopped but the young girl behind me didn’t, bummer! Then a few years ago a woman, younger than I am, ran a stop sign downtown, T-boned me so hard my truck rolled over twice! Totaled another truck. Each time the Emergency tech’s asked me if I was OK. My typical response is always the same. “I’m always OK when I land on my head, Ha!”

  5. Just me on October 16th, 2019 11:45 am

    To begin with,71 is not too old to drive!!!! Take it easy on people that are older than you!!!You will be there soon enough!!! What is even more dangerous than being 71,is being the younger people who have way more distractions AND inexperience!!! Granted there are many drivers of ALL ages that need to be taken completely off the road for their lack of knowledge,manners and protocol!!!! I know some folks that are well into their 80’s that drive better than a lot of youth,middle agers!!!!

  6. Charlotte Bates on October 16th, 2019 11:31 am

    I agree with Walnut Hill. The paint job there does need to be repainted, as it is hard to see and I have 20 20 vision. To concerned, I am 71 years old, and I don’t consider myself a “senior” citizen, and I do get my every six month doctor’s exam to make sure I am mentally and physically capable to drive without endangering other drivers, or people on bikes, motorcycles and such.. Not everyone does, but I do, so please don’t put all people over seventy in a group because someone had a small fender bender on a bad rainy day with a piss poor paint job on the road. No one was killed or injured.

  7. shaking my head on October 16th, 2019 11:11 am

    I almost missed that lane change in that exact location. It is difficult to see. .
    Luckily, no one was injured.

    and @concerned. Do you just dislike seniors? You don’t speak for me in your “we as a society” rant. Do you live out that way? When was the last time you drove in that area?

    While there are some seniors that should not be behind the wheel of a car, it falls back to their families being around to help them. If you are failing to do that, you are part of the problem.

  8. Over 80 on October 16th, 2019 11:01 am

    Don’t judge people using past birthdays as your only criteria.

  9. EMD on October 16th, 2019 9:51 am

    Concerned………….And what if that one lives alone in the boonies with no one to help them? You will be old one day if you live long enough. Younger people have just as many accidents…………maybe more. When people are high or texting while driving, should they be tested while high or texting? Some younger people have permanently damaged brains from drugs and alcohol. Perhaps we all should be tested more often, and it made public knowledge what age groups had the most failing scores. One accident, does not mean a driver is impaired mentally. It may mean that the road needs to be fixed ASAP.

  10. scott Key, Jr. on October 16th, 2019 9:51 am


    Wow! What do you specifically suggest for those involved in accidents who are not “seniors?”

  11. Lady in Panama on October 16th, 2019 9:22 am

    Responding to Concerned…..We live in the Central America country of Panama and

    when you turn 70 years old you have to go to a Geriatric Doctor for this same exam

    that you mentioned in your posts in order to get your license. Every 2 years we have

    to do this. Yes it is a good thing.

  12. Walnut Hill on October 16th, 2019 9:14 am

    The lane shift is hard to see in daylight and nearly impossible to see in the rain. Perhaps the paint needs to be redone.

  13. concerned on October 16th, 2019 8:07 am

    one day we as a society especially in Florida will stop grandfathering our seniors through the DMV and construct some sort of mandatory yearly exam complete with physical (eyes, motor skills, reactionary reflex skill) and mental required exam( SOMETHING) in order to get their license.,, instead of just chunking them the keys to a killing machine again

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