Courtesy of the California Highway Patrol:
Today, California Highway Patrol Commissioner Warren Stanley and Deputy Commissioner Scott Silsbee were in Gilroy at the Gilroy Unified School District’s (GUSD) office to present school bus driver Maria Del Carmen Collins with the Southern Region School Bus Driver of the Year award and Commissioner’s Medal of Distinction.
On May 3, 2018, Maria’s bus carrying more than 40 students was traveling on Monterey Road in an area of unincorporated Santa Clara County when her bus was struck by another vehicle being driven by an impaired driver. After the collision, Maria radioed for help, secured the scene, and provided care and comfort for all the students on board.
Congratulations Maria and thank you for your service to the community!