July 2, 2013
On the afternoon of June 11, Pine Lake Middle School student Ernie Yang nearly caught a ride a home with his mother, but his decision to ride the school bus turned out to be an important one.
Yang, 14, was on his way back to his Sammamish home with bus driver Adrienne Gelfer, whom he’d been riding with for three years. Gelfer made three stops, and most of the 70 students she typically carries got off.
Then Gelfer began coughing, and she couldn’t stop. The bus sat alongside the road at a regular stop, which may have caused the dozen or so children aboard to believe nothing was wrong.