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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