SYRACUSE — Police are investigating why a woman drove her black SUV over a curb, across a sidewalk and onto the grass, heading toward a group of students at Syracuse Junior High School.
Syracuse Police Chief Garret Atkin said the incident happened at the end of the school day on Thursday when parents were picking up students from the school at 1450 S. 2000 West.
“We know who the person is, and we are investigating it,” said Detective Heath Rogers.
“We do know the woman was impatient,” Atkin said.
Christopher Williams, spokesman for Davis School District, said the woman was parked in the parking lot when the buses arrived to pick up students.
“She couldn’t back up to leave, so she drove west on the sidewalk and then over the grass and then out the entrance against the traffic,” he said.
Scott Price, a special education teacher who was on bus duty, approached the woman as she was driving and told her she couldn’t go the way she was going.
“She told him she didn’t care because she had a doctor’s appointment,” Williams said.
He said about 25 students had to jump out of the way of the moving vehicle.
By the time the school’s resource officer got outside, the woman had driven away, Rogers said.
“It did cause quite a bit of alarm at the school,” he said.
With 86 schools in the district, Williams said, officials are aware that traffic does get backed up “any time students are coming or going. We are asking parents to please be patient.”
It is unknown if the woman was impaired, Rogers said.
Because the case is still under investigation and the woman has not been charged, police are not releasing her name.