St. Joseph high school student struck and killed by school bus
Lisa Benson , additional reporting by Aaron Heintzelman
10:33 AM, Nov 15, 2010
9:33 PM, Nov 15, 2010
ST. JOSEPH, Missouri - A St. Joseph School District student died Monday when he was hit
by a school bus, district officials said.
The student, identified as 16-year-old Mason Adams, was struck
by the bus just before 7:30 a.m. on St. Joseph Avenue near the
Grand Avenue intersection.
Mason was a junior at Lafayette High School, about three-tenths
of a mile from where he was hit. He was an only child, an
honor roll student, a baseball player and baseball card
According to St. Joseph Police, Adams was struck while crossing
St. Joseph Avenue from east to west. The First Student bus was
headed westbound on Grand Avenue and turning southbound onto St.
In a live interview on NBC Action News Midday on Monday, St. Joe
Police commander Jim Connors said both had a green light and Mason
was alone as he walked in the crosswalk. Watch his entire interview
by clicking on the attached video player.
Adams was transported to Heartland Regional Hospital where he
was pronounced dead.
The driver of the school bus immediately went for drug and
alcohol testing, which a spokesman with First Student said is
standard procedure in any accident. The driver is suspended until
the investigation is complete. Another driver will be brought in to
complete the driver’s routes Monday afternoon.