Citizens honored for helping children after fatal crash

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Two Virginia Beach residents were recognized Tuesday for saving children.

Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms declared Wendy Matthis and Jason Magruder Virginia Beach Lifesavers.

Last October, they were on their way to work, but stopped and acted quickly to get kids off a school bus following a vehicle crash that killed a man.

“At first I was thinking that bus clobbered that car and I was just gonna keep going to get to Hampton because I didn’t want to get caught on this side of the tunnel,” Magruder said. “Then when I saw the fire kick in, then I thought I just want to help put the fire out.”

The accident happened at the intersection of Holland Road and South Independence Boulevard. The bus hit a car driven by Christian Montes. The crash ignited a fire. Montes died.

“Jason and I went into rescue mode,” Matthis said. “It wasn’t anything planned. I saw the bus. I knew that there were students on the bus and I did what I had to do.”

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