School bus driver killing for pedestrian, leaving scene in Brooklyn Park

A school bus driver convicted of striking and killing a pedestrian in Brooklyn Park and then fleeing the scene was Monday to more than three years in prison.

Jason Rynders, 35, of Maple Grove pleaded guilty in November to criminal vehicular homicide in the March 2020 death of 45-year-old Devon Lizbeth Doherty of Brooklyn Park.

This undated photo provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office shows Jason Rynders. Prosecutors have charged the school bus driver, Rynders, with striking and killing a pedestrian in a Minneapolis suburb as he took children to school and then fleeing the scene Monday, March 16, 2020. (Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Prosecutors said a man who was driving to work that day saw a school bus parked on the right side of the road on Humboldt Avenue North and then felt his car hit something. He got out and saw that he had hit a woman. Rynders was outside of the bus and the man yelled at him to call 911. Instead, Rynders got back on the bus and drove away.

A video camera on the bus confirmed that Rynders had hit the victim and a video-equipped doorbell confirmed other evidence, prosecutors said. Rynders had said he was not aware of the collision or the driver’s pleas to call 911.

The bus was headed toward Friendship Academy, a Minneapolis charter elementary school. No children aboard were hurt.

Judge William H. Koch fulfills Rynders to 41 months in prison.

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