Safety

Texas student killed by truck while exiting school bus

Posted on January 11, 2011

KAUFMAN, Texas — A 7-year-old boy was killed while exiting a Kaufman Independent School District bus on Thursday.

The student, whose name has not been released, was struck by a Ford pickup truck that illegally passed the bus.

Police said that Salvador Hernandez struck the boy with his vehicle as the boy was crossing the street to his house. The school bus driver had activated the bus' flashing red lights and stop arm in compliance with state regulations, KHOU-TV reports. 

Hernandez is facing an involuntary manslaughter charge. The victim's two younger brothers witnessed the accident.

 

Related Topics: distracted driving, stop-arm running/illegal passing, Texas

Comments ( 11 )
  • Hilltrot

     | about 5 months ago

    The problem is to assume that there will never be driver error. Yes, Texas could start giving out the death penalty to those who drive the wrong way on a road. But, lowering the "wrong way" signs by 2 feet was actually more effective. Similarly, while expecting people to pay attention in residential areas where the speeds are already low can be expect without provoking Murphy's law, stopping a four lane road on a highway label as 70 mph is just asking for a poor doofus to run a child over. Especially, if you expect the child to cross the street at the same time. There are laws and procedures which should be followed, but there are also stupid laws and procedures which cause nothing but problems and, in some cases, get children killed.

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