Bus driver's family speaks out, Lawrence "Lee" Plante remembered - FOX 35 News Orlando

Bus driver's family speaks out, Lawrence "Lee" Plante remembered

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56 year-old school bus driver Lawrence Joseph Plante, those who knew him called Lee, died after veering off the road and crashing into a wall. Fire officials believe he may have suffered a heart attack before the crash.

Lee Plante had been working as a school bus driver for 10 years but his children say it was much more than a job to him. "He loved the kids like they were his own kids, he actually had a tattoo of a bus on him and talked about it all the time" said Geanine Coffin, Plante's daughter.

Plante died after crashing into this wall near Dove Valley Road and North Valley Parkway with an aide and a 14 year old student on the bus. Phoenix Police say the student tried to steer the bus to safety and after it crashed into a backyard the homeowner tried to give Plante CPR.

"I'm very thankful for everyone that tried to save him" said Geanine.

"That kid was brave to even not hesitate and this is someone's life right here and he tried to do everything he could to save his life, he tried to control the bus but it was too late" said Gregory Plante, Lee's son.

Plante's children believe he may have had a heart attack or stroke before the crash and tonight they say they are just thankful, it could have been worse.

"Could have been on a busy road, more kids on there, a lot more damage" said Gregory.

No other vehicles were involved, the two other bus passengers survived.

And though their father is gone his children say how he was on the bus is how he was in life , giving his all to those around him.

"My dad had a great personality and big heart and everyone is smiling, laughing, my dad always had something good to say"

"he would say be good and stop fighting, he loved his kids" said X.

A gathering is behind held on Friday night to anyone who would like to come. It's being held at Padre Murphy's on 43rd Avenue & Bell Road in Phoenix.


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