|Updated: 9/22/2012 2:44 pm
||Published: 9/21/2012 9:14 am
Arkansas State Police have released their report on the bus accident that killed 7-year-old Hannah Martin.
According to the report, the bus driver pulled up to the stop at 3355 Old Dallas road, did not see the child, and proceeded on. Hannah and her mother were playing in the yard at that time. When she saw the bus, Hannah ran into the road and was hit by the bus.
LAKE HAMILTON, AR – A 7-year-old girl was stuck and killed by a school bus Friday morning while she waited for it at her stop. It happened just before 6:30 on Old Dallas Road in Garland County.
The Garland County Sheriff’s Department identified the victim as Hannah Martin.
Joseph Lang witnessed the accident.
“You could feel all the pain and everything in the air. You could tell something went wrong.”
Lang says it is usually loud and busy here in the mornings, but this morning, complete silence as deputies investigated.
“I sat here for a good 30-45 minutes, and it’s still in the back of my head. I still see her.”
The bus driver has been identified as 55-year-old Steve Johnson. Lake Hamilton Superintendent Steve Anderson says Johnson is on paid leave.
“[Johnson] was a personal friend of the family and his granddaughter and [Hannah] were friends. She was at his house a couple of days ago,” said Anderson.
Lang says Friday’s events made him think about his own 5-year-old daughter.
“I called my daughter and I talked to her for a while.”