Driver Trying to Get Around Bus Hits 6 Kids, Killing 2

Hit-and-run is under investigation in Florida
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2021 2:16 AM CST
Updated Dec 28, 2021 6:45 AM CST
Driver Trying to Get Around Bus Hits 6 Kids, Killing 2
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In a horrific Monday afternoon incident in Florida, two children were killed and another four injured, two of them critically, at a bus stop in Wilton Manors. Witnesses tell the South Florida Sun-Sentinel a car swerved in front of a bus in an attempt to get around it as it stopped to let passengers exit, then drove up on the sidewalk and into the group of children. "I don’t know if he couldn’t control the car because he was going fast, but he drove straight into those kids," says the bus driver. Witnesses and first responders alike described a traumatic scene, with paramedics and police officers crying when they realized it was too late to save the children who died. The driver fled, and police are asking anyone with information to contact the Wilton Manors Police Department. The car involved was believed to be a gray Nissan.

"This event is a horrific event any time of the year, let alone right after the holidays,” said Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan. Nearby residents were being urged to inspect doorbell camera footage for any video of the tragedy. The children were between the ages of 1 and 10; those hospitalized are 1, 2, 6, and 9, Local 10 reports. A bystander who jumped out of her car to help saw the two children who died, then realized there were others. "There were four of them, and the oldest one, he was holding a baby, who was maybe about 2, and he was holding—I guess they’re all sisters and brothers," she says. The tragedy took place near an apartment complex, and locals complain drivers frequently speed on the street in question, NBC 6 reports. (More Florida stories.)

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