BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio -- A second Cleveland-area motorist has been cited for driving on a sidewalk to go around a stopped school bus. The first case involved 32-year-old Shena Hardin of Cleveland, who became the object of public scorn and internet notoriety for driving around a school bus picking up a disabled child on the city’s east side.
Broadview Heights police say the scrutiny Hardin faced did not stop 46-year-old Nancy Yachanin from committing a similar violation at Broadview Heights Middle School on Nov. 15.
Investigators say Yachanin pulled into a parking spot in front of the school to pick up her daughter, and when her SUV was blocked in by a line of school buses, she drove down a sidewalk to get around them.
One of the drivers took down Yachanin's license plate number and when contacted by police, she admitted what she had done and was cited for careless operation in willful disregard for public safety.
A tearful and apologetic Nancy Yachanin told Fox 8 by phone that she was trying to get her daughter to a medical appointment, and that she thought one of the drivers was motioning for her to go around the buses.
Reacting to the apparent lack of respect for the law, 18-year-old Jackson Morgan of Brecksville told Fox 8, “I think it's a little ridiculous how someone really doesn't obey the rules, especially at a school where there's kids around, and I think the cops have every right to cite somebody for that."
To reenforce the need for extreme caution around buses, Cleveland City Councilman Kevin Conwell wants the careless operation violation to be upgraded to a first degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.