One student was fatally struck while another was critically injured in two school bus-related incidents within two days of each other in Montgomery County, Maryland.
On Thursday, a 9-year-old girl was hit by a Montgomery County Public Schools bus after exiting that bus after school. The student’s identity has not been disclosed at this writing.
The preliminary investigation released by the Montgomery County Department of Police stated the school bus, driven by Serigne Makhtar Ndiaye, 53, had turned right onto northbound Millwood Road after unloading several students, including the girl. The school bus then struck her at a corner.
The girl was transported to Children’s National Hospital, where she died from her injuries.
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Meanwhile, another incident occurred when a student was struck Friday morning by an illegally passing motorist while attempting to board his school bus.
The 17-year-old male was reportedly attempting to cross the street toward the school bus stop when he was struck by a 2018 Jeep Renegade that was driven by Reine Ngoumou Nee Nganzeu, 61. The boy was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The driver reportedly remained on-scene, according to an announcement by the Montgomery County Department of Police.
Local news outlets identified the boy as a student at Walker Johnson High School. It was also reported that the school bus had deployed the stop-arm and the red lights were flashing.
Both incidents remain under investigation. Messages left with the Montgomery County Department of Police that seek more information were not returned as of this writing.