The driver, 16-year-old Bruce Privacky, was a student at Coopersville High School. His sister, 13-year-old Toni Privacky, was a passenger in the car. Thursday morning, counselors were on hand at the school to help their grieving classmates. Principal Pete Bush said he felt it was important for the students to come together, grieve and build a memorial.
“We had our industrial arts program that Bruce was very involved in,” Bush said. “They made a Christmas tree. Kids were able to make decorations and put it on the tree.”
The Privackys were heading home from school on northbound 56th Avenue at about 2:30 p.m. Witnesses said a bus in front of them turned on its yellow flashing lights, which switched to red as it came to a stop. Bruce crashed into the back of the bus, and his Subaru slid under it.
None of the students on the bus were injured, but the Privackys Bruce were killed instantly, police said.
Investigators said preliminary tests show that a cell phone found in the car was not being used just before the crash.
Investigators also tested the vehicle’s brakes and they appeared to be working.
A fund has been set up to help the Privacky family. It’s at ChoiceOne bank in Coopersville.