18-year-old arrested after video shows car speeding past bus, nearly hitting child

HOUSTON – A Houston driver has been charged and arrested after he was seen speeding past a stopped school bus in West Houston.

Julio Coreas, 18, was charged with reckless driving and taken into custody Tuesday after the viral video led to an investigation. 

Josephine Kirk-Taylor, the mother of 5-year-old Melina, was waiting for her daughter after school on Westerland Drive near Westheimer Road.

It was her daughter’s first time riding a school bus and Kirk-Taylor wanted to capture the moment.

Her camera was rolling as Kirk-Taylor’s daughter stepped off the bus and began walking toward her. In that moment a blue Toyota Corolla blew past the bus, narrowly missing Kirk-Taylor’s daughter.

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In a news conference Wednesday, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said the authorities’ initial response was not great, but thanks to the mother’s persistence, they were able to charge and arrest Coreas.

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