Police: Driver Almost Hits Child Leaving School Bus

Photo by Jennifer Peacock

LAKEWOOD – A Toms River woman has been charged in connection with nearly hitting a young girl exiting a school bus Nov. 26.

Mariluz Diaz, 47, received summonses for improper passing of a school bus and reckless driving. Lakewood Police Capt. Gregory Staffordsmith said Diaz has a court scheduled court appearance later next month.

A nearby home surveillance video captured footage of a 2012 Nissan wagon narrowly missing a young girl who was stepping off a school bus and onto the road. The video showed the wagon illegally passing the bus on the left-hand side. Police said the bus did have its flashing red stop lights activated, and its safety arm out.

Police later identified Diaz as the driver.