Man Hospitalized with 'Life Threatening' Injuries After Crashing Into Beaumont School Bus

CHP officials report that everyone on board the bus was alright, but the driver who hit them was injured.

Banning-Beaumont Patch file photo by Renee Schiavone.
Banning-Beaumont Patch file photo by Renee Schiavone.
A man who slammed his SUV into a Beaumont Unified school bus Monday morning was taken to the hospital with "life threatening head injuries," the California Highway Patrol reports.

The crash happened just before 8 a.m., on Cherry Valley Blvd, west of Fabian Lane, according to CHP Spokesman Officer Darren Meyer.

The bus-- which was carrying four high school students and one adult special needs assistant-- was parked along the shoulder of Cherry Valley, waiting for the arrival of a student, according to Meyer.

"At the same time, a 1972 Jeep Commando was traveling eastbound on Cherry Valley Avenue, approaching the rear of the bus at approximately 60 MPH," he reported in a news release.

"For reasons yet to be determined, the driver of the Jeep allowed his vehicle to drift onto the paved shoulder," Meyer said.  "The driver’s side of the Jeep collided with the right rear corner of the school bus. The force of the impact caused major driver side space intrusion to the Jeep."

The driver of the Jeep, identified as 26-year-old Ryan Shaw of Cherry Valley, had to be cut out from the wreckage by Cal Fire crews.  He was taken to Loma Linda Medical Center with "life threatening head injuries," according to Meyer.

Meyer said that the bus driver, adult passenger and students on the school bus were not injured, as the bus did not even budge from it's position and only "... sustained moderate rear end damage."

The CHP is investigating the crash.

Jack Smith February 03, 2014 at 06:18 PM
shouldn't text and drive. dangerous for all concerned.
anniemac411 February 03, 2014 at 06:38 PM
Where is Cherry Valley Avenue? I know of Cherry Valley Boulevard.... Wonder how many other facts you get wrong???
Renee Schiavone (Editor) February 03, 2014 at 06:44 PM
@annie-- Yes, you are correct, it is "Boulevard." Looks like the CHP had it written as Avenue in their press release and I didn't catch that.
tony giron February 03, 2014 at 07:14 PM
That's why when u see a school bus you should slow down. And pay close attention.
Jeremiah February 04, 2014 at 10:08 AM
anniemac - Renee doesn't get many facts wrong. She is the best editor we have ever had on the Banning/Beaumont Patch and her job has been expanded to have to cover over 20 Patches since the Patch came into new ownership and laid off all but 4 editors in California. With that workload it is easy to see how something could slip by. Don't be so critical. **** Jeremiah
Carol Stull February 04, 2014 at 02:28 PM
+ 1 Jeremiah
tony giron February 04, 2014 at 02:48 PM
Hope his all right.
Red Dragon February 04, 2014 at 04:44 PM
@ Jack Smith....Did you know that this young man had a seizure which caused him to drift?
Jamie Whysong February 06, 2014 at 11:15 PM
I am the school bis driver that was hit. This was an accident. All students on my bus were fine. Please stop bashing the man that hit us. He now has enough to deal with and so does his family.
Jeremiah February 07, 2014 at 01:27 AM
Jamie - you, my friend, have class! **** Jeremiah
Jamie Whysong February 07, 2014 at 04:54 PM
Thank you Jeremiah, I just dont like how people are bashing him.They dont know why it happened it just did. I just hope he and his family make it out of this hard time whole. His face will be forever in my memory. As far as him having a seizure I dont know.
Jeremiah February 07, 2014 at 05:52 PM
Jamie - I am with you on this. There are a bunch of people on this Patch that think it makes them bigger people to comment on every accident and place blame and point fingers and say rude and hurtful things. The way you and I were brought up, that is considered low-class and disgusting - a sign of poor character. Regardless of cause, I too hope the man who struck your bus survives with no mental or otherwise damage. **** Jeremiah


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