Girl, 15, seriously injured after getting hit by school bus on Dewey Avenue
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Rochester Police say a girl, 15, has serious injuries after she was hit by a school bus while crossing Dewey Avenue on Thursday morning.
Officers responded just after 7 a.m. and found the injured girl around the intersection of Dewey Avenue and Costar Street. An ambulance took her to Strong Hospital and her condition remains serious.
Dewey Avenue has a speed limit of 30 mph. News10NBC spoke to neighbors who saw the crash.
Police say the girl was walking down Costar Street and started to cross Dewey Avenue to catch an RTS bus. But she didn’t notice the First Student school bus barreling towards her.
Security footage shows as soon as it happens, the driver of the bus gets out to check on the girl. She appears to be the only one on the bus. Not long after, other kids and neighbors come running to help. One of them was Jason Coley.
“I just looked over at my camera, and I just seen a whole bunch of people. And I happened to look down at my driveway and there was a body laying down there,” says Jason.
Coley and his wife Heidi caught the crash on their security cameras.
“I looked at her. She was unresponsive. And then the madness came all the officers and responders,” explains Jason.
Security footage shows when she was struck by the bus, the girl skidded across the pavement. The Coleys say the force was so strong, it knocked her out of her slip-on shoes.
“I’m a mom. So, of course, that’s somebody’s baby,” says Heidi. “And that struck a nerve. That struck a nerve bad. Sorry, that’s…that’s terrible. I hope she is okay, I really do. Because that, just playing it back in my head.”
As of Thursday afternoon, that teenage girl is still fighting for her life. Police say that right now, the driver isn’t facing charges, as they don’t have evidence she did anything wrong.
“I just hope that the person that was driving the bus, she collect herself and she feels okay. And I really hope the young girl pulls through, cause she was in really bad shape.”
Earlier Thursday morning, News10NBC reached out to First Student. The company’s corporate communications gave us the following statement:
“We are deeply saddened by what happened this morning. Our thoughts are with the student, her family and all those affected by this incident. We are working collaboratively with police and conducting our own internal review into what happened. As is normal procedure, the driver has been removed from service pending the outcome. Given this is an active investigation, we are unable to comment further.”