The issues for the Maricopa Unified School District Transportation Department continued this week.
The Maricopa Police Department cited an MUSD school bus driver Wednesday for “failure to control speed to avoid a collision” after hitting another vehicle.
“The bus was turning left onto Honeycutt Road from SR 347 and clipped the front of the vehicle that was sitting there to turn north onto John Wayne Parkway,” said MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado.
The bus driver reportedly continued east on Honeycutt Road after the accident, later telling MPD he did not know he hit the vehicle, Alvarado said.
A witness followed the bus to the transportation department building on Honeycutt Road and called MPD.
Alvarado said damage to the vehicle hit by the bus is unknown, but the report did note the vehicle was towed from the scene.
The report stated the driver of the vehicle declined medical treatment.
“The bus, once it was located at the bus barn, had a white scuff mark to the tire,” Alvarado said.
MUSD Human Resources Director Tom Beckett, who oversees the transportation department, said the district reported the accident to the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the driver will undergo a drug and alcohol screening, per school board policies.
“The driver (…) will have a court date in September,” Beckett said. “The driver has been reassigned pending the outcome of the court’s decision.”