The driver of a Mesa school bus that struck a Skyline High School student Wednesday morning has been put on leave.
Mesa Unified School District spokeswoman Helen Hollands said the driver, identified by police as Kenneth Bischof, 59, apparently did not see the 18-year-old female student as she was walking near Skyline, but "immediately stopped the bus after the impact. Preliminary review indicates the driver correctly followed district protocol with his actions following the impact, preventing further injury to the student."
Bischof, who is fully certified, has been employed by the Mesa district for 14 years. He has been placed on leave pending the results of the district's investigation.
The student, Wynnona Brooks, was flown to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn hospital, Mesa police spokesman Ed Wessing said Wednesday.
She has a broken leg, possibly a dislocated hip and some soft tissue damage, Wessing said, but her injuries are not life threatening.