6th Grader's Note Goes Viral After School Bus' Hit And Run
Marilyn Caylor 11/27/2018
If you've ever been on the receiving end of a hit and run accident, then you know how frustrating it can be to figure out exactly what went wrong, and more importantly, who is going to pay for the damage. When Andrew Sipowicz saw the huge gash on his front fender, it was anyone's guess who did the ugly deed. Or at least that's what he thought, until he spotted a piece of paper stuck to his windshield.
A sixth-grader decided to spill the beans and didn't withhold a single thing when she gave Andrew a detailed play by play of what really went down that day. In a handwritten letter that's now sweeping the internet, the young girl who witnessed the accident started off by saying,
"If you're wondering what happened to your car..."
Although the middle school girl from Houghton Academy in Buffalo, NY wasn't actually behind the wheel, she had no qualms about ratting out the responsible party who was sitting in the driver's seat. As explained in the note which was shared on Andrew's Twitter page, the girl mentioned that the lady in the bus driver seat 449:
"...was trying to pull off and hit the car. She hit and run. She tried to vear over and squeeze threw but couldn't. She actually squeezed threw. She made a dent and I saw what happened."
The girl felt so bad about the situation, she even went on to apologize on the errant bus driver's behalf! Although the employee didn't know right from wrong - she sure did.
Andrew was blown away by the girl's honesty - never in a million years imagining to find such a detailed letter (especially from a youngster). There was even a drawing of the bus to try and help! After finding out the identity of his guardian angel, the Canisius College upperclassman updated his Twitter feed to let everyone know that good things are coming her way.
"Update: The student who wrote the letter has been found and we’re in the process of finding a way to reward her for her actions. Very grateful for what she did."
As for the bus driver, she's actually being reprimanded for her bad behavior. First Student, the third party transportation company who employed the driver, will be firing her for doing a job that was not very well done. The company is taking full responsibility for the accident, and will be providing Andrew a loaner car while his is being fixed on their dime.
The anonymous student's teacher applauded the girl on social media, while Vice Principal Kevin Garcia said that Houghton Academy will be "celebrating her outstanding leadership" with a citizenship award in the coming weeks. And of course, the internet can't get enough of the girl's epic letter, which went viral.
"I think it set a good example for other students, not just students but people in general. I would like to thank her so much for doing the right thing."
Andrew was super impressed that the young lady behaved like an adult, when the real grown-up in this situation tried to run away and hope she didn't get caught red-handed. He gave a "shoutout to the anonymous 6th grader for saving me a couple thousand."
Watch this video to find out more about the anonymous 6th grader's hit and run "confession."