Girl Killed Exiting School Bus

A little girl in North Carolina has died after getting hit by an SUV as she got off her school bus.

Police in Raleigh say 6-year-old Ashley Ramos Hernand died Wednesday afternoon after getting hit by a car as she and other kids tried to cross the street. They had just gotten off the bus from a year-round elementary school in Raleigh. That's according to several media outlets.

With many public schools starting up next week, the rules of the road when it comes to school buses are extremely important. If a school bus is stopped with its stop arm out on a two or four land road you must stop, no matter what direction you're going. If the four lane road has a median or center turning lane, only cars behind the bus need to stop.


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  • by John Location: Tucson on Sep 1, 2009 at 11:22 AM
    The suggestion from Jacksonville regarding using side streets for loading and unloading passengers is a great idea. Another consideration... the drivers must be pressed to make sure the traffic is STOPPED in both directions prior to releasing passengers from their bus. This is a part of school bus driver's training that tends to be ignored. They need to stop ignoring safety practices they have been taught. If they haven't been taught this, I suggest the trainers start teaching this and enforcing it. We stress this in our training with our drivers. Thanks God we have never had a situatuion of children being struck by a vehicle. Children need to be trained as well to observe the driver and wait for his/her signal to cross the street.
  • by To Concerned on Aug 21, 2009 at 12:56 PM
    Most SUV's offer far greater visibility due to being higher off the road. It offers a much better vantage point than a smaller car. Also, I have family members in thier late 70's and early 80's that are just as capable with thier vehicles as they were years ago. I agree with the idea of yearly testing after the age of somewhere around 60 though as this is truly a case by case basis.
  • by Concerned Location: Greenville, NC on Aug 21, 2009 at 12:23 PM
    An 83 year old person should not be driving an SUV anyway. They need a vehicle where they can see close to the road. Their vision is slightly impaired. My father drove tractor trailers for forty years. When he turned around 75, we had to take his driver license, because his reflexies were getting slow.
  • by Rita Location: Jacksonville on Aug 21, 2009 at 12:04 AM
    It may make the bus ride a little bit longer for some children but I think the bus should drop children off on the side of the road that they live on. Maybe not in quieter residential areas but definitely on busy streets. That is what they did when I was in school.
  • by Bus Driver Location: All over the Place on Aug 20, 2009 at 11:24 PM
    It is not the fault of the bus, nor the vehicle itself that hit the child. You could put 10,000 strobing red lights on a bus and it still wouldnt matter. Drivers that run over kids who are crossing the road are usually oblivious to the bus itself. 9 times out of 10, they are not even aware a bus is there, not because they don't see it, but because their mind is somewhere else or on the phone or tunnel vision. I have been passed tons of times while my lights were going and the sign out. I won't let my kids cross until I see everyone has stopped. Again, you could put warning lights, sirens, foghorns, and waving flags on them, but the driver who is off in lala land is still not going to see it. It's not the car they drive or SUV's, its the driver themselves. I have never been passed by an 18 wheeler or other large vehicle. Only older people who are fixated on something with a death grip on the wheel, or folks on cell phones or putting on makeup, but ALL in cars...its the drivers
  • by Jerry Location: NC on Aug 20, 2009 at 10:54 PM
    I am an Police Officer and in my opinion.....The SUV is not responsible. The driver is! Just like someone stated in an earlier comment, objects should not be blamed for peoples mistakes/actions. that go for cars, trucks, suvs, knives, guns, and anything else that causes harm or is used incorrectly. Laws are fine, it is our justice system and punishments that are failing the citizens. We dont need more laws, we need penalties to be ENFORCED.
  • by Verne Location: New Bern on Aug 20, 2009 at 04:37 PM
    This has nothing to do with SUVs... it has to do with paying attention and not being on your cell phone... too many people have yet to figure this very simple equation out...
  • by Karen Location: Greensboro on Aug 20, 2009 at 03:56 PM
    Flashing lights and stop arms are great but seems like they need to add a siren, of course, they could ignore that too. Maybe the answer is to add siren AND have every student who exits and has to cross back over a street should be standing there with an adult, watching to give the go ahead all traffic is stopped and WATCH the kids cross. There should also be a "look before you cross" education program for all kids from K-12!!!! A combination of new equipment (siren), adult supervision (standing and watching), and education (age appropriate), could save lives. May God comfort this family.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Aug 20, 2009 at 02:17 PM
    May God bless this child and her family. Most of you are off subject, this is about the death of a little girl, not pros/con about SUVs.
  • by to Shanna Location: your own little world on Aug 20, 2009 at 01:38 PM
    Really, All of us who drive SUV's have no clue? And all we do is cause wrecks? I guess that's why 90% of the wrecks I see during my hour long commute are compact cars and minivans right? And no taste? Wow, here I was thinking I bought my SUV to have towing ability and the room for my 3 dogs, and my normal two passengers. Never knew it was to feel important... Just a question, when you misspell words do you blame yourself or the keyboard? How about we stop blaming objects for the actions of man. SUV's don't "cause wrecks" pens don't misspell words, guns don't kill people, and tree huggers shouldn't reproduce...
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