Semi driver who sped past school bus, narrowly missing girl, is jailed for a year


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The semi driver who dangerously passed a stopped school bus as a 13-year-old student was about to board has been jailed for a year.

Allen Howard Morris, 48, of Apple Valley, was behind the wheel when his truck sped past the Paynesville Area Schools bus when its warning lights were flashing on May 30, narrowly avoiding seventh-grader Alexis Schwartz as she prepared to get on.

The Pioneer Press reports that he was was convicted of the gross misdemeanor passing a school bus on the right when its amber warning lights are displayed and sentenced to one year in Kandiyohi County Jail – four months of which will be stayed for two years.

He was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, and placed on two years of probation, a condition of which will include writing a letter of apology.

He told authorities that he was looking at a field while he was driving, the newspaper notes, and upon looking ahead he saw the bus and realized he couldn't stop in time, forcing him to pass on the right. He left a voice mail with state troopers later after the incident explaining his involvement.

Schwartz was waiting on the driveway of her family's home in Hawick, Minnesota, when the truck passed between her and the bus on Highway 23.

The incident was captured by a camera rig attached to the bus that was then released by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and has since been viewed more than 400,000 times.

A list of Minnesota statutes relating to school bus safety can be found here.

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