Saturday, May 2, 2009

Tradgedy Hits Our Community

Yesterday morning a 15 year old high school student was struck and killed by a school bus,while walking to school. She apparently had earphones on and her hood up because it was rainy and was texting. The bus had a green light and was making a left hand turn onto the street the student was starting to cross. She was in the crosswalk, but what the news is saying is that she couldn't hear because of the earphones and the hood and texting limited her vision, she never saw the bus, and literally walked right into the front of it. A teachers aid was driving in to school at the same time (and was actually behind the school bus) and saw what was unfolding and tried to get the students attention by laying on her horn, but to no avail, she couldn't hear it. I am still wondering why or how the bus driver couldn't see the student. I think it all happened so fast there was no reaction time. The local high school is right down the street from my house, it's the school my children will go to and it is a school filled with children we know. We live in a small community, it's a town that when you go out to run errands you will definitely run into someone you know. I know yesterday we were all praying for the parents of this child. I can't imagine the grief they are going through, my heart is broken. She was just going to school, she didn't do anything wrong, and now she's gone, so quick. I am asking for anyone who happens by today to say a prayer for these parents. Keep them in your hearts. And please pray for the children who were on the bus at the time and also the bus driver who has to live with this for the rest of her life. I'm sure she is "what ifing" herself over and over. And give your kids a huge hug!

7 comments:

Heather said...

A couple of things first my friend.A couple of thank yous.First, for the great bag you guys send.I love it and it is oh so appropriate!Then, the posting of my button .. love you for that as well.Then the post below.Sorry I missed it on Tuesday.You too are an inspiration and I feel blessed to have found you.You have been so supportive with you loving comments and your encouraging emails and most of all for your love from a afar.you will never know how much it has meant to me.To us.Big week coming up.Forgive me if I am absent but know you are always close to my heart and in my thoughts always.

Heather said...

Forgot the most important thing to say:I will say a prayer for all involved with this terrible tragedy.Breaks my heart.

Tausha said...

Thank you for the kind post on our blog, glad you found us, hope you don't mind if we follow your blog. So sorry for this family, what a tragedy. I will let my daughter and son read this as well so they know to be very careful when listening to music on the way to school, my daughter does every morning. We finally took her texting away, it was just to distracting to a 15 year old but she still loves listening to the music while walking to school. Thank you for this post. I will keep this family in our prayers.

My name is Sarah said...

This is Joyce. How very sad. My heart breaks for the family of the young girl and also the bus driver that must now live with this tragedy. It is a good wake up call that we must be aware of our surroundings at all times, a message I will surely pass onto my three.

Mommy to those Special Ks said...

Ohhh that is so heartbreaking! My prayers are with this family. When I was in high school, a friend of mine was killed by a train... he was deaf and playing on the railroad tracks and simply couldn't hear it. :( *sigh* Such senseless tragedy.

scrappy quilter said...

That is so heartwrenching. Hugs..

Chris said...

This gives me chills. I just made a comment on how we put our children at risk every time we send them out to school to walk to the bus stop on their own. Of course, I will be saying prayers for this family and for the poor bus driver. I can't imagine having to live with that. What a tragic accident. Giving my kids a big hug, and telling my middle schooler "no texting while walking on the road!"