Bus drivers in 2 counties now on lookout for suspicious car

Bus drivers in 2 counties now on lookout for suspicious car (Image 1)

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a suspicious driver who approached a young girl after she got off the school bus.

The incident happened last month in rural Williamson County.

School bus cameras captured the gray or silver Toyota Camry as it followed the girl’s school bus for miles until it stopped on Sugar Ridge Road.

Once off the bus, the victim told investigators the male driver approached her and asked her to get in the car.

Investigators released video hoping someone would recognize the vehicle.

A school bus driver in nearby Maury County watching the story that aired on News 2 April 16, recognized a church in the video as the same area on Sugar Ridge Road where she drops off two students each day.

Marilyn Quirk said the children get off the bus in the church parking lot.

“The first thing that went through my mind is, ‘Oh my gosh that’s where I drive, that’s where I turn around. Oh my goodness!’ I had not seen a vehicle like that in the past but I certainly knew at that point I would start looking for that vehicle,” Quirk explained.

She wondered why no one alerted her to the incident.

Captain Jimmy Tennyson with the Maury County Sheriff’s Department said they were never notified about it.

The incident happened on the Williamson-Maury County line.

“We didn’t know anything about it, but we do now,” Captain Tennyson told News 2.

A spokesperson for the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office would only say the investigation is ongoing.

“They might not have known to let us know. They might not have known we had a bus going up Sugar Ridge,” said Quirk.

Quirk is on the lookout for the suspicious vehicle.

“My radar is up. I am watching for that Toyota Camry,” she said.

From now on, the Maury County school bus driver said she won’t let the students get off the bus on Sugar Ridge Road if a parent or guardian isn’t there waiting to pick them up.

“I just do what I have to do to keep my kids safe,” Quirk said.

Detectives told News 2 the Williamson County bus driver felt the car was suspicious but did not report it to authorities during the route.

In an earlier statement, Williamson County Schools said, “According to the sheriff’s department, the bus driver made sure the student arrived at the house before continuing the bus route.”

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