Mom Watches as Son, 6, Is Hit, Killed by School Bus
Edmond Bock may have been running to catch bus at the time
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2014 1:53 PM CST
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(Newser) – A horrifying story out of New Jersey, where a mother watched as her 6-year-old son was fatally hit by a school bus yesterday morning. "I watched my son get hit, and the driver just kept going," Candice Bock tells the Camden Courier-Post. According to authorities, her son, Edmond, was walking around the front of the bus as it stopped to pick up children. Then, when the bus started to move again, it hit Edmond. Bock says Edmond cried out "Wait! Wait!" as it was happening, and that the safety arm on the bus was still out.

She says the boy was hit by the front driver's side tire, and adds, "I just don’t understand why the driver didn’t stop. He just kept driving and dragged my son down the street." The school superintendent says Edmond was running to catch the bus at the time, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. For now, the bus service is "treating this as a tragic accident," says the company's manager. The driver was a substitute with 25 years' experience; he has not been charged, but the prosecutor's office is investigating. 6ABC reports that there was heavy rain when the accident occurred.

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Jan 8, 2014 12:22 AM CST
This story is horrifying. Since none of us were there, it is hard to conclude exactly what happened. Rest in peace, little boy. I do know that, as a mom, when I dropped my kids off at their school, I parked and walked my kids into the schoolyard, behind the gates. It was worth the extra time. And I often saw people dropping their kids off in the parking lot, where they were dodging cars, even though that was against school rules. I am a very careful driver, and it may take me forever to pull out from a parking space (although I often park heading out, so that I do not have to back up). When I was teaching my boy to drive, I emphasized how he must always look all around, especially pulling out of a parking space. I have often seen people pulling out and not looking to see if anyone is behind them! I have twice seen people opposite each other in a parking lot, pulling out, and backing up right into each other! It does no good to yell because they can't hear, but I have blasted my horn at them get their attention.
Jan 7, 2014 10:14 PM CST
Every school bus I've seen the stop arm is interlocked with the door. It will be interesting to see if that holds true in this case. What ever the cause, this situation is exceptionally rare. Considering the number of bus stops in the US in a year: a half million school buses * 180 school days * 12 or so stops in a run * 2 = about 2 billion bus stops a year. A "front over" accident happens maybe one or two times in these 2 billion stops. That's one or two too many, of course, but it's not some general problem that can be fixed by blaming a bus driver.
Jan 7, 2014 9:54 PM CST
sad very sad! rip! hope they find out the cause and take a very close look at the driver!