School bus driver, 72, is killed by man who boarded bus and stabbed him in front of terrified elementary school children before vehicle careened into hedge
- Richard Lenhart, 72, from Kennewick, died at the hospital after he was stabbed with a knife
- The driver was picking up children at Longfellow Elementary School in Pasco when his assailant boarded the bus
- Lenhart lost control of the bus and it jumped a curb before crashing into a hedge
- Police were called to the scene and arrested the suspect without incident
- Children were unharmed and taken to school grounds until their parents arrived
- Counselors are available for children who witnessed the gruesome attack
- The suspect’s name has not yet been released by Pasco Police
A Washington school bus driver was killed after a man boarded the bus and stabbed him in front of elementary school children on Friday, police said.
Richard Lenhart, 72, from Kennewick, was taken to a regional hospital but succumbed to his injuries.
Lenhart was picking up young children at Longfellow Elementary School in Pasco when the suspect boarded the bus and attacked him with a knife.
The bus was in motion at the time of the attack, and jumped a curb before it crashed into hedges as Lenhart lost control.
No children were harmed in the crash, police said.
Pasco police responded to reports of a stabbing at 301 N. 10th Ave. around 3.10pm.
The suspect – who has not yet been named by police – waited at the scene and was arrested without incident, officials said.
Students who were inside the bus and in the vicinity were taken back to school grounds and their parents were called to pick them up.
A school bus driver was stabbed by an assailant as young children on boar witnessed the attack
Richard Lenhart, 72, from Kennewick, was picking up children at Longfellow Elementary School when the attack took place
The bus was in motion at the moment of the attack and was crashed into hedges as Lenhart lost control. No children were harmed in the crash, police said
The Pasco School District has said that counselors were going to be available over the weekend to offer support for children who witnessed the gruesome attack.
The bus was examined by investigators on Friday and Police said an official statement about the crime will follow on Monday.
Captain Bill Parramore with Pasco Police said that his department will work in close partnership with the Pasco School District in the investigation.
Pasco School District Superintendent Michelle Whitney released an statement on Facebook addressing the events on Friday.
Pasco School District Superintendent Michelle Whitney released an statement on Facebook addressing the events on Friday
Pasco police responded to reports of a stabbing at 301 N. 10th Ave. around 3.10pm. The suspect was arrested at the scene without inconvenience, police said
‘It is with a heavy heart that I write to you this evening. Pasco Police Department shared information at a press conference earlier tonight that one of our bus drivers was assaulted today and died from his injuries. We are devastated by the tragic loss of one of our own. Our focus right now is on supporting our students and staff who are deeply impacted by this tragedy,’ Whitney said.
‘Counselors will be available over the weekend and next week to provide support for students and staff. Events like these can trigger strong and unexpected emotional reactions. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your student’s school counselor or principal if you or your child need support. We are deeply saddened by the events of today. As our community processes these events, please keep a watchful eye on each other and reach out if you need us, she concluded.’
Parents in the comments shared their condolences and support to the family of the driver and the young children who were in the bus and the surrounding area at the time of the stabbing.