Driver of truck that hit school bus didn’t have a license

This Ford 750 truck, driven by an unlicensed driver, T-boned a Palo Alto school bus at the intersection of Colorado Avenue and Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. Photo by Post reader Michael Bechler.

Daily Post Staff Writer

An unlicensed driver behind the wheel of a dump truck ran a red light and T-boned a Palo Alto school bus carrying seven kids to school, the CHP said.

The driver of the roofing company truck struck the bus at 7:57 a.m. Wednesday in the intersection of Middlefield Road and Colorado Avenue, said CHP spokesman Officer Art Montiel.

Montiel said the truck belonged to Cosmos Roofing Inc. and it was driven by Jaime Fernandez, 46, of San Jose, who will be cited for driving without a license.

Fernandez sustained lacerations and went to a hospital for his injuries and two children were injured in the crash but did not need hospitalization.

One of the injured students received a cut lip and the other received a scrape above one of their eyes, Montiel said.

The crash caused the bus to hit an electrical box and sheer fire hydrant, Montiel said.

Montiel said Fernandez ran a red light while the school bus had the green.

The unlicensed driver drove a white Ford F-750 truck, which was damaged on the front bumper and hood.

The bus passengers included seven children between six and 10-years-old and one driver.
The students were headed to school at El Carmelo Elementary School at 3024 Bryant St. and Fairmeadow Elementary School at 500 E. Meadow Dr.

Palo Alto Deputy Fire Chief Kevin McNally told the Post on Tuesday the bus struck a fire hydrant in the intersection that had to be shut off and replaced.


  1. I can bet you Jaime, not the only one working with no license for Cosmo Construction Inc. Let this be a wake-up call to others. Imagine someone driving on your property without a license, and Cosmo Construction would want to tighten their records keeping. If their drivers are driving company trucks without licenses, imagine how many are working on people’s homes without proper training, it makes one wonder.

  2. Must be nice to be able to hit whatever crosses your path and have no financial and legal issues.

    I wonder what countries would afford me that luxury?

  3. I find it surprising that other Palo Altans agree with my sentiment. Problem is, I can’t go walkin’ around PA saying stuff like that otherwise I’d be accused of being a bigot.

    Let’s not pretend the Open Door Policy is all glory…. Close the damn borders and enforce the LAW.

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