Fatal car-school bus crash
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Two people will receive a Livesaving Award for helping children to safety after their school bus crashed last October.
Virginia Beach Mayor William Sessoms Jr. will present Jason P. Magruder and Wendy Matthis the award Tuesday at the Municipal Center.
According to the mayor's office, Magruder and Matthis were on their way to work when they heard the sound of a collision at the intersection of Holland Road and South Independence Boulevard last October.
Christian Montes, 27, was standing outside his disabled car when the school bus hit him at 45 miles per hour, according to the VB Police Crash Report obtained by 13News Now. Montes died from his injuries.
The school bus was filled with young children who were on their way to school.
Magruder quickly grabbed the extinguisher and immediately positioned himself under the bus and began to extinguish the fire under the engine of the bus. Matthis quickly removed the children at the front entrance of the bus and helped them off the bus.
Throughout the entire ordeal, with the fire within several feet of Wendy and Jason, they remained calm and focused on the important task of saving the lives of the children without regard of their own safety, officials said.
According to the mayor's office, "Jason Magruder and Wendy Matthis clearly placed themselves in “harms- way” without regard for their own lives and due to this fact, they are here-by declared “Virginia Beach Lifesavers.”