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April 16, 2014  |   Comments (6)   |   Post a comment

6-year-old Texas girl struck by school bus, later dies


SAN ANTONIO — A school bus struck a 6-year-old girl, who later died, on Tuesday morning, and investigators are expected to review the bus’ video surveillance cameras to determine how the accident happened.  

A spokesperson for Judson Independent School District (ISD), where Jada Craft attended school, told news outlet KHOU that she was hit by the bus in front of her apartment complex’s leasing office. Authorities at the Universal City Police Department said they believe she may have been running late and was trying to catch the bus when she was struck. A male relative who was with Craft took her back to her unit at the apartment complex, where she died as a result of her injuries.

Police officers told KHOU that there were at least 15 students on the bus at the time of the incident, and the bus driver was reportedly unaware of what occurred. She continued on her route and learned about the accident later that day. No charges are expected against the driver.

Craft attended Coronado Village Elementary School within Judson ISD.

In a statement on the school district’s Facebook page on Tuesday, officials said, “Our prayers and condolences from Judson ISD in light of today's tragic loss. Coronado Village Elementary School will have counselors on hand again Wednesday to assist any students or staff members. A terrible accident and loss like this needs the comfort of friends and family and the One who is bigger than all of us to try to understand it.”

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Gabe and Justin you are on the right track. Everyone should keep asking questions. The male relative (mama's new boyfriend) stated at one point that he tried to flag cars down but no one would stop. Unfortunately even when all the truth comes out the driver will have been permanently scarred.

Michelle    |    Aug 14, 2014 08:52 PM

where was the parents or guardians? Rushed to the apartment? why wasn't the child taking to the hospital?

Justin    |    Apr 30, 2014 09:42 PM

The above comments are sensative and careing. If you ever tALK TO ANY SCHOOL BUS DRIVER, YOU WILL FIND OUT THEY ARE VERY CARING AND DO THE BEST TO THEIR ABILITY TO DO THE RIGHT THING WHEN DRIVING STUDENTS TO AND FROM SCHOOL. I ought to know,I am a Driver too. I also train new employees to drive a school bus. With all due respect to the families of Jadas and to the driver, whom will never be able to drive a school bus again.I will pray for them. Not because of guilt but because the thought of this type ,of tragity, will stay with her forever. God Bless everyone that has been involved in this terribly accident.

Chris Kern    |    Apr 19, 2014 09:46 PM

Does anyone find it odd that the girl was not taken to medical attention?

Gabe    |    Apr 17, 2014 02:29 PM

It is my understanding that this tragic incident took place when darkness was still present during the morning hours. The point I wish to make is that parents or guardians should never encourage their child to chase after a bus. This incident obviously happened in what is called in the school bus trade as the bus"Danger Zone". My prayer's are with the girl's family and the bus driver.

carter hutson    |    Apr 17, 2014 02:19 PM

So many lives have been changed forever during this tragic accident. My thoughts and prayers are with Jada's family and friends. I also pray for the bus driver and the district employees who must be experiencing such pain during this difficult time.

Suzy    |    Apr 17, 2014 01:43 PM

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