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A student was struck this morning by a bus as she was trying to walk across the cross walk. 

It happened around 7:30 this morning when a Bullard High School student was trying to get to school. 

Fresno Police Officer Joe Sacca said the bus was heading eastbound on Browning and was making a left turn on Palm. 

"We do believe from some independent witnesses that the student was in the right of way."

Sacca said the bus driver had just dropped off students at the high school.

"We're still talking with the driver of the bus to try to find out exactly what occurred."

Police said the female student sustained minor injuries to the face and hands and was transported to a hospital.

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Nine students around the nation, including one in Wyoming, died at or near school bus stops in 2011.

The horror of that death and the number of drivers who disregard rules involving buses stopped for students has prompted a
Wyoming legislative committee to consider ways to increase safety.

Initially, the interim Joint Education Committee will work from a new Iowa law that increases penalties for failing to heed school bus warning devices. In addition, lawmakers expressed interest in equipping all Wyoming school buses with cameras that can capture images of violators.

Work on a proposal will begin this summer, with a bill possibly going to the full Legislature next year.

The discussion on school bus safety is being driven by students and staff members at Fremont County School District 6.

On Dec. 20, 2011, a district student _ 11-year-old MaKayla Marie Strahle of Crowheart _ was struck and killed as she crossed a highway after getting off a school bus that had its flashing lights activated. The driver of the vehicle was convicted of several misdemeanor charges, including homicide by vehicle.

Diana Clapp, superintendent of the school district, said a dozen students have been working hard to research the safety issue and come up with solutions. Clapp and several students made a presentation on Monday to the Joint Education Committee in Casper.

"This is tied to a tragic loss of a young girl in our school and community and their classmate and friend," Clapp said Wednesday. "But I believe they did a good job in addition to that personal testimony looking to see what other states are doing and how it would apply across the state."

The district has installed cameras on six school buses to record vehicles that illegally pass _ an action called a drive-by or

Clapp said the rural district, which encompasses about 1,300 square miles, includes about 400 kindergarten through 12th grade students, and many rely on school buses for transportation.

"Students on the road is a big issue for us _ either on buses or driving themselves to and from school," she said.

In addition to tougher penalties and bus cameras, Clapp said she'd like to see safer practices involving unloading and road crossings made standard across the state.

Wyoming, which has been tracking fly-bys since 1999, counted 297 in one day in 2011-12. Over the entire school year that figure could have reached an estimated 52,000 violations, said David Koskelowski, program manager for traffic safety and pupil transportation with the state Education Department.

The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services estimated that more than 16 million illegal school
bus passings occurred in 2012.

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As his mother watched in horror, Haven Lee Norton screamed as a school bus  rolled over him Monday morning.  “Then he went silent,” said Shannon Norton, Haven’s mother.

The driver of the Springtown (Texas) school district bus didn’t hear her son as she drove over him, killing the 10-year-old, Shannon Norton said.  She told her son to cross in front of the bus, as he did every morning, while the lights were flashing and another child was getting on the bus, she said.  

“I saw him slip,” Norton said. “He hollered, but [the bus] started rolling and [the driver] had taken her foot off the brake. He tried to get out of the way. He hollered, and I hollered.”

 The Texas Department of Public Safety is still investigating the accident. Evidence at the scene showed the boy was apparently struck by both a front and rear tire, said Trooper Gary Rozzell, a DPS spokesman.  When the accident occurred about 6:30 a.m. at 121 Hilltop Meadows, between Springtown and Azle, it was already light, Norton said.  The bus driver usually had her window down so she could communicate with parents and children, but the window was rolled up Monday morning.
“If she had her window down, she would have been able to hear,” Norton said.  “I put my kid on that bus in her possession. It’s her job to protect my children and she took my child’s life because she wasn’t aware of her surroundings.”
Rozzell said the bus driver “stopped the bus and activated the lights” as she stopped to pick up another child across the street.
“The boy came up beside the bus as she deactivated the lights,” Rozzell said. “The bus started to pull forward, and the boy couldn’t get out of the way, and was struck.”  At the time, there were four children and another bus driver on the bus,
Rozzell said.

Haven, a fourth-grader at Springtown Elementary School, was pronounced dead at the scene.  Driver placed on leave
The bus driver, whose name wasn’t released, voluntarily submitted to drug and alcohol testing afterward, which is school district policy, Rozzell said.  She has been placed on administrative leave, said Springtown school district Superintendent Mike Kelley.
“It’s standard operating procedure to place the driver on administrative leave and evaluate the situation — see where she is emotionally,” Kelley said. “I’d have a hard time knowing when I’d want to come back.”

Kelley described the driver as “a wonderful lady” who’s had a good driving record as a bus driver.  “She’s done a great job for us the last two years,” Kelley said. Counselors were at the school Monday and will return Tuesday. Several ministers volunteered to help, and six area school districts offered counselors, Kelley said. Kelley said this was the first fatality that he knew of involving a Springtown school bus.

‘He loved going to school’ Norton said her son had been riding the bus for the last two weeks because one of the family’s cars had broken down. His 7-year-old sister also rides the bus but she stayed home on Monday, Norton said. She had recently met with school officials who reported that Haven had “caught up” to his fellow fourth-graders after moving to Springtown from Florida
last September. “He loved going to school, he loved his classmates,” Shannon Norton said. Norton said her son was also involved at Country Cowboy Church in Bridgeport, where their family worshipped. “He knew Jesus, he loved the outdoors, loved to fish with his Papi and his uncles and he loved to play with his uncles and his cousins,” Norton said. “He was just an awesome child.”
Before living in Florida, the family had resided in California. His mother plans to have a memorial service locally, but will have his remains cremated so she can eventually take his ashes to California. “He loved Texas, but he grew up in California,” she said. “California is his  home.”
Investigators checked the bus to see if the lights and brakes were working properly and found no issues. It was released back to the school district. Rozzell said.
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COLLINGDALE (PA– A young girl waiting for a school bus was struck by a car on Springfield Road this morning.

The accident occurred shortly before 8 a.m. at the intersection of Springfield and Clarendon Roads, Police Chief Robert
Adams said.

Bystanders were tending to the injured child when officers arrived at the scene. The victim was conscious, but bleeding from her mouth and crying, Adams said. She was transported to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia by ambulance. Her condition was unavailable.

The driver of the striking vehicle, a 63-year-old woman, was transported to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital by Briarcliffe Ambulance after suffering chest pains, according to Adams.

Several witnesses were interviewed by police at the scene. Springfield Road was closed for about 45 minutes after the crash.

The incident remains under investigation by Cpl. Mark Finley. Darby and Aldan police assisted at the scene.

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The state Superior Court has reinstated all charges against a Lake City man who was accused of recklessly killing one teen and injuring another in a Route 97 school bus stop crash in 2011.

The appeals court, overturning a 2012 ruling by Erie County Judge Shad Connelly, said there was enough evidence for the prosecution to argue that the defendant, Tyler Festa, 20, acted with criminal recklessness.

Based on its review of the evidence, the court found Festa should have been prepared to stop when he encountered children crossing the dark highway to board a school bus, which had not yet stopped moving but whose driver had activated its yellow caution lights.

The court also found that Connelly erred when he ruled there was not enough evidence to prosecute Festa on a charge of simple assault because Festa was not operating his car in a manner calculated to cause death or serious bodily injury.

"It is evident that the vehicle ... was used in a manner that caused serious bodily injury and death," the court wrote.

With the ruling handed down Friday by a three-judge panel, Festa again faces a felony charge of homicide by vehicle, misdemeanor counts of involuntary manslaughter, recklessly endangering another person and simple assault, and a
summary count of reckless driving in connection with the death of 13-year-old Ashley Clark and the injury of Taz Gianelli, then 17, on the morning of Dec. 20, 2011. The two were struck as they crossed Route 97 to board the Fort LeBoeuf
School District bus in front of Popp's Mobile Home Park.


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Drivers reminded of school bus laws in wake of serious accident (video)

MUSKEGON, MI -- Drivers may think they know traffic laws regarding school buses.

But after a student was critically injured Thursday while trying to board a Coopersville school bus Thursday, this is as good a time as any for a refresher course.

To help drivers understand rules when approaching or traveling behind school buses, the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District made an instructional video last year.

It reminds drivers that they may pass a school bus when it has its yellow flashers on -- lights that are activated 200 feet before a bus stop. But once those flashers turn red, drivers must stop until they are turned off. That goes for drivers approaching buses in the opposite direction unless they are on a roadway with a center median.

On Thursday, a 15-year-old student was struck as he crossed the street to board a Coopersville school bus in Ottawa County's Wright Township. The driver failed to stop for the bus's red flashers, saying she had thought they were still yellow.

The teen, Jovanni Viveros-Villa, was taken to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in critical condition.

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ACWORTH, Ga. -- Cherokee County Sheriff's Deputies are looking for more information on an incident where a man exposed himself to a child near a school bus stop on Thursday in Acworth.

According to Lt. Jay Baker, deputies responded to the Twin Pines subdivision off Kellogg Creek Road around 4:15 that afternoon. Deputies say a man exposed himself to a 10-year-old girl just after she got off her school bus.

On the scene, the child told deputies that after the man exposed himself, he made inappropriate comments to her. The girl then screamed and ran home.

Deputies searched the area, but were unable to find the suspect.  The man is a heavy-set white male with gray and white hair. He was driving an older model white foreign-made sedan.

On the scene, at least two witnesses said they heard the girl scream and saw he suspect's vehicle

Deputies ask anyone with information to call 911.

NOTE:  Another similar incident occurred about a year ago, in the same neighborhood.

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Hundreds say farewell to girl struck, killed by Bibb County school bus
Hundreds of people gather at a Macon church Saturday to say farewell to the girl who was killed after being struck by a Bibb County School bus earlier in the week.

Every pew was full and people stood in the back to say good-bye to Ta’Miya La’Shae Watson. The Agnes Barden Elementary student died after the rear tire of a school bus struck her on Bloomfield and Virginia Drive, directly across the street from her school and just feet from the front door of her home.  An accident that the family said is devastating.

“We can try our best to keep our head up and stay strong but you know when someone loses their child, you can't get over that,” Watson’s cousin Darrious Watson said. “That's hard to get over."

Teachers along with family members recalled stories of the young girl’s life. After the ceremony, Watson was buried at Macon Memorial Park.

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HARRELLS, N.C. - The driver of a logging truck who hit and killed a child exiting a school bus now faces driving while impaired charges, according to the State Highway Patrol.

A child was hit and killed by a logging truck near Harrells in Sampson County Tuesday afternoon.

A Sampson County school bus was dropping off a child on U.S. 421 at approximately 3:30 p.m. when a tractor trailer hauling logs passed the stopped bus. The bus was stopped with all emergency equipment activated, Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Jeff Gordon said.

The tractor trailer hit 7-year-old Alyiah Morgan. Alyiah was pronounced dead while being transported to Sampson Regional Medical Center in Clinton.

The driver and tractor trailer were located near Autryville and taken into custody, Gordon said. The driver has been identified as Johnny Allen Spell, 37, of Bud Spell Lane in Roseboro.

Spell has been charged with driving while impaired, felony hit-and-run, involuntary manslaughter and passing a stopped school bus. He is being held in the Sampson County Jail under a $200,000 bond.

Morgan was in the first grade Union Elementary School in Clinton. Linda Carr, principal of Union, told WNCN that the school has several grieving students and staff and the school is providing opportunities for them to talk and share. Union has professional counselors on hand today.

Carr said they live in a great community that is coming together to support everyone.

Passing stopped school buses appears to be a rising problem in North Carolina. The State Highway Patrol conducted "Operation Stop Arm" Oct. 15-19, when it followed 1,000 school buses. The Patrol issued more than 8,000 traffic citations and charged 16 motorists with passing a stopped school bus.

A Harnett County middle school student was hit and killed getting off a school bus in October.

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A 5-year-old girl died Monday evening after being hit by a Bibb County school bus earlier in the day.
Tamiya Watson was hit just after 4 p.m. as she crossed Virginia Drive near her Bloomfield Road home.

The Barden Elementary kindergartner was pronounced dead at 7:12 p.m. in an operating room at The Medical Center of Central Georgia, said Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones.

A family friend, Shonetta Jackson, struggled with the news of the accident. She was picking up her own children when she saw the aftermath.

“You send your kids and they have a good day at school,” she said, then paused. “And then something like this happens.”

Macon police said the girl was struck by the rear tire of the bus. According to Sgt. Melanie Hoffman, witnesses reported that Tamiya, who lived on Bloomfield Road, ran off the curb and was turned around talking to others behind her when she walked into the side of bus. The bus was making a left hand turn onto Virginia Drive off of Bloomfield Road when Tamiya collided with the bus. Tamiya fell to the ground after colliding with the side of the bus. The rear tire of the bus ran over the lower torso of Tamiya. The case is still under investigation.

Stephanie Hartley, a Bibb County schools spokeswoman, said family members and staff from the school and school district went to the Medical Center.

“Members of the district’s crisis support team will be at Barden Elementary Tuesday morning to provide support for students and staff as needed,” Hartley said.

Jackson said her own 6-year-old and 8-year-old boys love to play with Tamiya, who lived around the corner from them.

“She’s a feisty little kid, full of spunk, so I was telling the kids, she’s strong, she’s going to be OK,” she said hours before news of the child’s death was announced.

Jackson said she moved Tamiya’s books out of the way so she could hold the girl’s hand.

“She just kept telling me she wanted to get up, and I told her, ‘no baby, you got to stay down,’ ” Jackson said.

Jackson’s youngest child went to a baseball game with their father to try to keep their routine. Their youngest boy is in a Barden Elementary kindergarten class with Tamiya.

“My 6-year-old boy said he was going to hit a home run for her yet,” Jackson said.
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