Two killed, bus driver injured in crash; another cyclist saw it all happen

WENZTVILLE, MO (KTVI) – The Missouri Highway Patrol is investigating after two motorcycle riders collided with a Wentzville school bus Tuesday morning killing 43-year-old Matthew Adam of Bowling Green and 22-year-old Jacob Boedeker of Warrenton.

The bus driver, Pamela Love was injured. She has been driving for the district eight years. Investigators say Love was starting her route at about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday when she made a left turn onto Route A.

As the bus turned onto the highway, the motorcycle riders struck the driver’s side of the bus. They were pronounced dead on the scene.

A third motorcycle rider, 25-year-old, Adam Meyer of Warrenton was riding with Adam and Boedeker. He hit debris, but was not hurt.

An accident reconstruction team is trying to determine the exact cause of the crash. There were no students on the bus at the time of the incident.

139 comments

  • Ashley

    Anyone who is making rude comments please just stop for the sake of the family and friends of these two… Jacob was my friend from school and was in my graduating class. He was an amazing man and is always very cautious when he is driving… I just know that the people who are making these rude comments what if it was your friend, brother or anyone you loved that this happened to..? just think about it.

  • Rilee

    ok ALL of you are wrong, my mother drives a School bus for Wentzville School District and was there when it happened, my dad is also a firefighter in Wentzville, so unless you were there and SAW it happen like my mother or was Pam and won’t ever drive a bus again because she was in the accident, i dont want to see assumptions of lies and twisted comments. And for the record Jake Boedeker was one of my best friends so please stop with the nonsense. I lost a friend and my mom has to drive by that bus everyday until the FBI is finished with it. And the third biker was injured, Adam has a broken leg and broken collar bone from laying his bike down and sliding under the bus.

  • knijen

    Jennifer E. Shearman-Reed

    38 minutes ago

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  • knijen

    IN “HONOR” OF ALL THE BIKERS THAT DRIVE THERE “MOTORCYCLES” “LOOK TWICE & SAVE A LIFE” A VERY POWERFUL BIKER POEM
    By Anonymous Biker
    I Saw You ….
    But, You Didn’t See Me

    I saw you,
    hug your purse closer to you in the grocery store line.

    But, you didn’t see me,
    put an extra $10.00 in the collection plate last Sunday.

    I saw you,
    pull your child closer when we passed each other on the sidewalk.

    But, you didn’t see me,
    playing Santa at the local mall.

    I saw you,
    change your mind about going into the restaurant.

    But, you didn’t see me,
    attending a meeting to raise more money for the hurricane relief.

    I saw you,
    roll up your window and shake your head when I drove by.

    But, you didn’t see me,
    driving behind you when you flicked your cigarette butt out the car window.

    I saw you,
    frown at me when I smiled at your children.

    But, you didn’t see me,
    when I took time off from work to run toys to the homeless.

    I saw you,
    stare at my long hair.

    But, you didn’t see me,
    and my friends cut ten inches off for Locks of Love.

    I saw you,
    roll your eyes at our leather coats and gloves.

    But, you didn’t see me,
    and my brothers donate our old coats and gloves to those that had none.

    I saw you,
    look in fright at my tattoos.

    But, you didn’t see me,
    cry as my children where born and have their name written over and in my heart.

    I saw you,
    change lanes while rushing off to go somewhere.

    But, you didn’t see me,
    going home to be with my family.

    I saw you,
    complain about how loud and noisy our bikes can be.

    But, you didn’t see me,
    when you were changing the CD and drifted into my lane.

    I saw you,
    yelling at your kids in the car.

    But, you didn’t see me,
    pat my child’s hands, knowing he was safe behind me.

    I saw you,
    reading the newspaper or map as you drove down the road.

    But, you didn’t see me,
    squeeze my wife’s leg when she told me to take the next turn.

    I saw you,
    race down the road in the rain.

    But, you didn’t see me,
    get soaked to the skin so my son could have the car to go on his date.

    I saw you,
    run the yellow light just to save a few minutes of time.

    But, you didn’t see me,
    trying to turn right.

    I saw you,
    cut me off because you needed to be in the lane I was in.

    But, you didn’t see me,
    leave the road.

    I saw you,
    waiting impatiently for my friends to pass.

    But, you didn’t see me.
    I wasn’t there.

    I saw you,
    go home to your family.

    But, you didn’t see me.
    Because, I died that day you cut me off.

    I was just a biker,…..

    A person with friends and a family.

    BUT, YOU DIDN’T SEE ME

  • Dirk

    When the school board voted to put a bus depot in an industrial court on a 4 lane road with GM the largest employer in Wentzville around the corner it was a terrible decision. Then to not route the buses out the back of the lot and connect to Enterprise road where there is a light make absolutely no sense. Instead they found it a better plan to have buses pull across 4 lanes of traffic with a 55 MPH speed limit during the busiest times of day. This design was an accident waiting to happen and now because of bad decisions and planning four families lives have been changed forever. I pray for the families that have been affected by this tragedy. They were all put into a situation where better planning could have avoided this tragedy. If anyone should be held accountable, it should be the City of Wentzville for not fully assessing the implications of this plan.

  • CP

    I can’t speculate about the cause of this accident, but if the bus driver is found to be at fault, then she should be charged with manslaughter, at the very least. Too many vehicle drivers get a free pass when they say “I didn’t see them/him/her”, when a motorcycle is involved. If the drivers/killers are prosecuted,as they should be, maybe people would wake up and watch for oncoming traffic, 2 or 4 wheeled. From a family of sensible motorcycle drivers, we have as much right to safety as any other driver on the road.

  • compassionate one

    if you look at the pictures the front and driver side of the bus is damaged, not the back.

  • Dont Even Start!

    DONT EVEN start saying stunt rider and one less…. the bikes werent stunt bikes… they generally dont have mirrors on them… thats unbeliev
    ably RUDE to say that kind of stuff… The people above were just Simply stating they know how bus drivers come out of there, and yes ive seen it myself, thats it.

  • Sad...

    I agree Carol. Those were both my husband’s coworkers and one was my parents’ best friends’ daughter. Neither one were stunt riders. That’s a dangerous intersection which needs a light. I have traveled down that road many times wondering why there isn’t one.

  • Kelle Colvin

    That’s EXACTLY what I was thinking!! Who gives a F about the busses? People are dead ! Rookie internet reporters who can’t even assemble a paragraph properly without misspelled words. :-(

  • Sad...

    You know, one less stunt biker, I’m not sure why you are so obsessed with stunt bikers/riders. If you read the rest of the comments, you will find that Carol and I both knew the bikers and they were not your “stunt riders” as you keep saying. You should be banned from commenting on this article. Clearly if you pay attention to the photos instead of focusing on the title of the article, you can see that the bus pulled out in front of them. There’s no way that stunt riders can randomly hit the front side of the bus. They didn’t run a stop sign or a stop light because there isn’t one at that intersection. Either the bus driver wasn’t paying attention, or forgot they were driving a bus and not their own car.

  • WHO WENT DOWN

    Does anyone know who the riders were. We in the bike community are trying to figure out who it was.

  • Kyle Mannisi

    It looks to me like the one bike got broken in half… that’s what you see when it looks like 3 bikes.

  • Marlyn Donaldson

    one motorcyclist laid his bike down to avoid the impact of hitting the bus and it’s possible that the other 2 bikes tried to gun it to swing around the bus but didn’t make it. I know someone who has a bit more info than the rest of us…kind of sounds like it was both sides at fault at least to a point.

  • Really One less stunt biker??

    BIG YELLOW BUS needs to 1) slow down and 2) STOP, LOOK BOTH WAYS and 3) CHECK FOR TRAFFIC!!!!!!!!!!

  • One less stunt rider.

    Peaches you are so said and misinformed, the Big Yellow Bus could not get away from them nasty Stunt Riders doing 100 mph! People, so glad the children was not on there.. Prayers to the bus driver …

  • Chris

    One less stunt rider, you have no idea who these two were. I happen to be friends with one of the young men that was killed in this accident. It’s not always the motorcyclists fault. My friend was an excellent young man and had a very big future to look forward to. It sickens me that you have no idea what actually happened and you are quick to blame them because they were on a motorcycle. Not everybody that rides a bike goes full throttle the entire time. You are clearly the one misinformed here.

  • Lillian Divine

    Don’t let a commment from one idiot get to you, they are just showing how cold and callous they are! I don’t know why this person is focusing on them being stunt riders when clearly they are not! The focus should be on praying for the loved ones who lost these 2 precious lives today, not on blame and what happened! May the Lord be with them and guide them through this very hard time!

  • upset at disrespectful people!

    amen! I knew one of the men that were in this accident. It pains me to know that everyone involved is in pain and there are dumbasses out there that want to blame “stunt riders”!!!!!! The man that I knew was a family man a church goer and an all around great person. My thoughts go out to everyone involved and for this joke of a person ‘one less stunt rider’ go to hell!

  • Lillian Divine

    Can you send me a message to lilly divine, on facebook, from someons post I am wondering if it was people from church

  • Curious

    How do you know one of the bikes were “laid” down and the other ‘two’ sped up to try and clear the bus??
    And, there was only 2 motorcycles, not 3. What you think is bike #3 is actually one of the bikes ripped in half!

  • tren

    man, seeing this just made my heart stop. people(meaning bus drivers especially) need to be more careful. i own a motorcycle and this is not the riders fault. i bet you guys feel real safe hiding behind that computer. this was my school this happened to

  • stupid rice rockets

    Really? I’ve seen idiots on bikes doing well in excess of 100mph. Considering a bike is much smaller than a car at 100 it’s incredibly hard to see something that small rocketing towards you. Three people together was not a ride to work but a ride for fun and when these people get together on their rice burners they tend to act really stupid. From what I can see there are no items blocking vision down the road. It’s not as if the speed limit on that road is 65.To impact a bus that deeply and destroy the bike at the same time (seeing as the bus would have just been pulling out and thus not moving very fast) the deep impact was caused by a fast moving vehicle and since I have seen full size cars T-bone a school bus and not leave that kind of damage speed had to be an issue. I’ve had buses pull out in front of me and I have plenty of time to apply the brakes safely. Then again I’m not speeding.

  • throttledemon

    not true, there are other images out there by other media and you can clearly see damage to the bus behind the rear tires and it is almost identical to the damage just behind the bus drivers window.

  • to Sam

    there were three bikes, one didnt get tore in two. even if the bus did turn early, the bikes would have seen it and had time to turn… where the damage is on the bus, she pulled out Right in front of them…

  • Sam

    To You – In the 4th picture in the photo gallery you can clearly see a bike ripped in 2, unless they make them with the wheels touching in this day and age.
    And if the speed was near one hundred, they may not have had time for anything.

  • Lillian Divine

    Thanks for the info! So sad to find out that the young man was a cousin of a friend at church! He was a Christian man! No stunt driving! Please pray for tge families and quit bickering and hug your loved ones! The only important part of this story is that it was a tragic loss of 2 people, nothing else! :(

  • robert

    Its obvious that its the bus drivers fault. She probably flew out of that bus garage. Its weird that 2 bikers TWO!!! Both hit the bus. She didn’t see them due to the early light of the morning. The bikes could have been going 50mph and if the bus was flying out at 15-20 mph they would have no time to react. And a bike only had 2 wheels. It a lot harder to come to a stop on a bike. Therefore I think that its 80% the bus’s fault. They act like they own the road sometimes.

  • Uncle

    You alone sir make out to be idiot yourself. Good thing you’re not an investigator because you would be horrible at it. First of all you are stereotyping sport bike riders. You are probably the same guy that thinks an African American man with dreadlocks is automatically a thug huh? Now, if I were to stereotype you I would say you are the guy that would block a motorcycle who was splitting the lanes. When in some states it is legal. I would even go as far as to say you probably go out of your way to give bikers a hard time. Now, that’s just me doing exactly what your are doing by assuming certain things and putting you in a certain category. Though, you are right there are several of people who do ride in disregard to the traffic laws and other motorist on the rode. However just because people ride don’t categorize all sport bike riders in the category of “idiots” There are several of us out there who ride responsibly. Just on a 10 minute ride on my bike to work I have witnessed motorist (4 wheeled vehicles) put on makeup while driving, read news paper, and text. So, is it fair for me to assume that you are an idiot for driving a 4 wheeled vehicle. Don’t even get me started about you aggressive car drivers out there who continue to cut people off without signaling, weaving in and out of traffic to save 3 minutes. Bottom line is this was an accident. Accidents do happen. We can all place the blame on either side. I ride so I am not going to put my comments on here because it would be a little biased. Oh, and just because 3 people are riding together doesn’t mean they were out for “fun”. They could simply been 3 friends who had to go the same direction or place and decided to ride together. I don’t know about you but I don’t know too many people willing to get up at 5 or so to go on a “fun” ride. Thanks for trolling Sir Idiot.

    Anyways RIP for the riders killed in the accident and may God be with the family and friends as well as the bus driver and her family. Her fault or not she will be affected by what happened.

  • al

    it is evedent you have never been on a bike, go to any saftey course or professional, being on two wheels dosent give you the stopping power of four. Generally when a bus or other vehicle pulls out in front of a car there is a grater distance, much easier to see a car, however a bike usually has it happen at a shorter distance,no reaction time. Now I will say I have seen bike riders doing stupid things BUT this dosent seem to be the case if you look at everything. Not trying to offend you just responding to your statement. Yes all involved have been affected, but those riders didnt see it comming.

  • to stupid

    You obviously do not know Anyone that rides… Just because we ride in groups DOES NOT MEAN it’s just a fun ride. A LOT of times it’s so dumb@$$’ like you can see us… ANYONE can see a bike coming… OPEN YOUR EYES!!!!!!! Also, for joy rides, WE SURE AS HECK dont get up that early (when it’s not the warmest) to go JOY RIDE! get facts before you start running your mouth… People on this thread WHO WERE THERE said they weren’t speeding/racing. Read up there buddy.

  • melanie

    I agree about what you said about Fox2 news and the delay in the bus route, it was like that was the most important thing!!

  • oc.pete@yahoo.com

    Mary, according to the Mo.Traffic Report, did the bus pull out in front of the bikers on purpose?

  • Kelly

    When busses are running a convoy, they discregad that stop sign plus they are following so close to the bus in front of them for fear that traffic will break up their convoy—- all because of a schedule to pick up kids for school. I understand keeping on a schedule-we ALL can since most of our society has to work or abide to an appointment/schedule. I wasn’t there but I have been the car waiting on that convoy on the way to pick up a patient. My prays go out to the family of the deceased and to the bus driver! It could not possibly be an easy thing to live through :( A very sad accident.

  • John

    They were going way over speed limit. That’s what happens when you don’t obey the speed limit. Unfortunately.

  • Sophie

    The accident report is already out, you are misinformed. It has been determined that the bus pulled out in front of them. I am so disgusted at the lack of respect for two lives lost. We say Look twice save a life because we know that if we are in an accident our odds are not as favorable as those in a car. There are some reckless drivers out there both on four wheels and on two. Not all bikers in accidents are at fault as not all people in cars are. They are called accidents for a reason, not on purposes. I feel sorry for anyone that is involved in an accident where someone dies as so should anyone with a heart, it is certainly not something I would not want to live with. We, as most bikers do,have respect for the road and the people around us.

  • mike galway

    How do you know they were speeding?The fact is the traffic on A doesn’t have a stop sign,the bus depot does.

  • Sophie

    You are pathetic, to be joyed that people died.These men did nothing wrong, you are the dangerous one.

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