Heart-stopping video taken from a school bus surveillance system in Washington state showed a driver speed past the bus' flashing lights and come within inches of running over three kids.
"I looked up and the car passed by the kids and my heart almost dropped," witness Lisa Razo told KING-TV.
5-year-old Charity Wolf, one of the children seen in the video, told KOMO-TV she thinks the vehicle brushed her shoes as it zoomed by.
"It kind of ran over my shoe a little," she said.
[sharequote align="center"]"It kind of ran over my shoe a little."[/sharequote]
Witnesses said that the vehicle maneuvered around several other cars stopped behind the bus before passing it. The bus had its lights flashing, making it illegal for a driver to pass it.
Razo told KOMO about the reactions of the children.
"They were just shell-shocked," she said. "So were we. Her son was crying."
Parents are now on the lookout for the vehicle, described as an older white SUV with chrome wheels.
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