BROOKLYN PARK, MN — A school bus driver is accused of fatally striking a woman and then leaving the scene Monday in Brooklyn Park. Jason Rynders, 33, of Maple Grove was charged with a single count of criminal vehicular homicide. Children were on the school bus at the time of the crash, police said.

A man called police about 6:45 a.m. Monday, according to authorities. At the scene, the “visibly upset” man told officers he was driving to work at about 30 mph on Humboldt Avenue when he saw a school bus stopped on the right side of the road, a complaint states.

The driver said he felt his car hit something in the road. He stopped and got out, and realized he had hit a person, police said.

The bus driver — later identified by police as Rynders — was outside the bus, and the other driver yelled at him to call 911. Instead, Rynders got back on the bus and drove away, according to authorities.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said she was initially hit by the school bus.

Investigators found surveillance video they said shows the school bus turning westbound from Meadowood Drive onto Humboldt Avenue when a collision is heard.

The bus pulled over, and Rynders ran back toward the collision, police said. A short time later, the voice of the other driver can be heard yelling for Rynders to call 911 but, instead, he is seen getting on the bus and driving away, according to the complaint.

A video camera on the bus showed that at 6:41 a.m., the bus appeared to shudder or hit something, the complaint states.

If Rynders is convicted, the state will seek a higher sentence because children were on the bus at the time of the crash, the complaint states. He is currently in custody.


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