Teen struck by car while approaching school bus

(UPDATED 3:30 p.m.) A 15-year-old boy suffered critical injuries after a car hit him while he attempted to cross the street to get on the school bus Thursday morning.
Becky Vargo
Apr 25, 2013


Authorities closed 8th Avenue north of Arthur in Ottawa County after the teenager, Jovany Viveros-Villa, was hit by the car just before 7 this morning.

The boy was crossing Eighth Avenue to board the Coopersville school bus when 79-year-old Grand Rapids resident Margaret Gessner hit him with her car. The bus stop sign was extended and lights were flashing on the bus.

His younger brother was also going to the bus, but the older sibling crossed first. The younger brother called 911 for help.

The older boy suffered numerous injuries, including broken bones, and remains in critical but stable condition at DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids, according to Ottawa County Sheriff's investigators.

A crisis team is at the high school to work with the nine children who were already on the bus.

The driver of the car and her passenger suffered minor injuries in the crash, and were treated at the scene.

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People run the red lights on buses everyday. It was only a matter of time until this happened. i hope they charge whoever did this big time. Are you in such a big hurry that the life of a child is expendable. Stop for buses red lights.


Well, what's to guess here? What was unpredictable? Where is the mystery? We know, or ought to know thousands of kids over the years have been struck by inattentive motorists or motorists deliberately disobeying safety around the school buses. We know as many school buses kill kids at the bus stop as do motorists. And we know schools and school boards treat children disobeying safety when crossing at the bus stop as a minor issue until something happens, then look to blame anyone but themselves for such poor policy making and enforcement. "The safety of of our students is our top priority," has a lot of injuries and carnage connected to that statement when made by the politician sorts.


not to be cold.... 79 years of age... put Margaret in jail till she dies ;)


Ride in a school bus and see then if you are so cavalier about the way people blow the lights off. You will become angry for your kids as well.


Margaret can thank her lucky stars she didn't hit anybody related to me, she would have been pronounced at the scene, and Klaassen's would have an announcement. jjabarahms, keep age out of it, there are many seniors that drive very well, not the majority but... Margaret obviously isn't one of them.


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