A 6-year-old boy who died after being hit by a school bus Wednesday afternoon has been identified by the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office as Raul Espinosa. This tragedy occurred only five days after another 6-year-old boy was struck and killed by his own school bus in Shreveport, La.
Reportedly Espinosa, who had severe autism, ran from his house without his adult caregivers and entered a crosswalk against a red light before he was run over by the bus.
Milwaukee police confirmed the school bus was southbound on the busy Cesar Chavez Drive when it struck the child just before 4 p.m. Lt. Craig Henry of the Milwaukee Police Department stated that the bus was stopped and began moving as the child attempted to cross the street unsupervised. The boy died at the scene.
The school bus driver is a 24-year-old female Milwaukee resident and she is cooperating with investigators, according to Lt. Mark Stanmeyer. Police had not released her name as of this report.
Initial reports that no students were on the bus were inaccurate. There were two students on the bus at the time of the crash but they were not injured, Stanmeyer said.
He added that once the investigation is completed, it will be reviewed by the Milwaukee County district attorney's office, like all fatal crashes. At present, it is unclear who is at fault.
More than one witness described the accident scene as devastating. Camille Barnes watched in terror, she said, as the child darted across the street.
“He came out so fast — nobody could have gotten him, nobody. There was no way the school bus driver could have seen him because she’s up so high. The baby was completely by (himself)," Barnes said. "I heard the mother screaming and hollering. My heart goes out to the family.”