Seriously injured school bus driver dies

(photo: Bob McCormick)

NEW WINDSOR – The 74-year-old school bus driver whose Washingtonville district bus was hit head-on by a commercial tree service truck on Route 207 in New Windsor, has died. A post on a GoFundMe page established to raise funds for medical care for Andrew Sanchez stated that he passed away on Wednesday.

“After an embattled six weeks, our Dad left this world as he lived it, an unquestionable fighter,” the post read.

“We are all hurting. Time has stood still and it will take some time for it to sink in that this most unfathomable tragedy has ended in this way. Despite our grief, if we all dig deep enough, we inevitably find a silver lining and ours has been obvious and glaring: the love, comfort, support, kindness, and overwhelming generosity of family; friends spanning decades and those newly welcomed; devoted colleagues; beloved bandmates; and the community of Washingtonville and the surrounding area. Thank you seems small in comparison but we stand firmly in gratitude to you for keeping our Dad in your heart and prayers,” the post continued.

On the morning of October 21, police said the bus driven by Sanchez was struck by the tree service truck driven by 25-year-old Ian Jennings. Both men were hospitalized in critical condition. A little girl on the school bus was taken to the hospital in critical condition, police had reported.

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