10-year-old girl hit by bus has died, vigil held in her honor

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SOUTH JORDAN, Utah -- Officials said Friday that a young girl who was critically injured in an accident involving a school bus Wednesday has died.

Master Officer Sam Winkler of the South Jordan Police Department stated in an email Friday around 2:35 p.m. that 10-year-old Seleny Crosby passed away with "her family at her side."

Seleny was exiting a school bus that had pulled over on 4000 West near 10570 South to offload students Wednesday, and officials said she crossed in front of that bus and out into traffic, where she was struck by a second school bus traveling in that lane. The child was rushed to a hospital and eventually put on life support.

The child's family released a statement through a spokesperson. The statement reads:

"The family is with their daughter at this time.  They are appreciative of the kind thoughts from their neighbors and across the state.  They ask for continued prayers during the most difficult crisis a parent can face.  

 The family is aware of the vigil planned this evening.  This is an opportunity for the community to perform its basic function: an affirmation of support for one of its families.  Appreciation is extended to the media who have largely been accepting of the family's request for privacy.  It is asked that this consideration be extended for a period of time. 

 A trust has been set up to assist with donations toward expenses.  Donations to the Seleny Crosby Donation Trust" may be made at any US Bank branch in Utah."

A vigil was planned for Friday at 7 p.m. at Cedarwood Park, which is very near where the accident occurred. The photo below shows a crowd that gathered at the vigil Friday.

Vigil for Seleny

Officials stated in the press release that GPS data and surveillance videos supplied from the Jordan School District show speed was not a factor in the crash and that the driver of the bus that struck Seleny was not distracted.

The release stated that the driver of the bus that had stopped to offload students had activated the four-way hazard flashers on the vehicle but did not activate the yellow or red school bus loading lights or stop signs on the bus.

The case is still being investigated, and both bus drivers were placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

Related story: Parents, officials discuss safety procedures after child hit by school bus

12 comments

  • Dani

    So sad and heart wrenching for all involved. ( the kids that witnessed, both bus drivers and the girls family.)

  • Trish Ramirez

    My heart goes out to this family, nobody should have to endure losing a child.

    Particularly when the loss was wholly preventable.

    Parents had complained about the danger of this bus stop before and asked for it to be moved. This didn’t have to happen.

    • Wendy

      This is a tragedy that could’ve been prevented. Not because of fault of driver or location of bus stop. What’s not being told is that student wasn’t supposed to be grtting off ththat stops on West side of 40th west but on her assigned bus which stops in East side…

      • Wendy

        Whoops. Student for whatever reason was on wrong bus which stops on west side of street. She was supposed to be on her his which stops on east side. Would be fair if all information is shared to public

  • Colleen

    I cannot imagine the pain those parents are going through! Being a school bus driver I feel for both drivers. My question is WHY WEREN’T THE TRAFFIC WARNING LIGHTS ACTIVATED?!!! It’s the law whenever loading or unloading students, you activate your traffic warning lights!
    Prayers to all during this difficult time.

    • Trish Ramirez

      I read somewhere else that they don’t have to be used in certain situations. I don’t really understand that. This situation seems like it could have been easily prevented, and it’s a shame that an innocent girl had to lose her life and a family had to lose their child for changes to be implemented.

  • Heather

    I have been in the same spot multiple times when that bus is stopping and every time the bus had put out it’s stop sign. My nieces ride the same bus the girl was on but luckily they are off track. When they are on track there is about 10-15 kids that cross the road because of the bus load I am guessing that’s why they have to cross. So I don’t think it’s very fair to place blame on anyone like some are saying she darted out, she probably did everyday but something was just different that day and tragedy happend. I hope that now the district will listen to the request that the bus stops be moved off that road because it can easily happen again in which I hope does not. Also if they don’t move the stop I think the bus drivers news to get up out of their seats with a stop sign in hand and stop the traffic to make sure the kids safely get across, which they should have to so anytime kids cross any street. My thoughts are with the family and anyone that had to witness such a sad loss!

    • Gina Gregory

      What you are talking about, the escorted crossing by the driver, is only law here in CA. We secure the bus(brake on, engine off, take keys) and instruct kids while we get out, stop traffic with the stop sign, and once safe, we would tell them to cross. You almost never hear of ANY kids being run over in CA cos we do this.

      No other state has adopted that law. I feel it needs to be adopted by other states, it can be done. I’m sick of hearing of kids being hurt or killed by vehicles running the reds.

  • Sam

    There’s no excuse for the bus driver not to utilize the red and yellow warning lights and the automatic bus stop sign. This is Standard Operating Procedure and just plain common sense. The bus driver should be held accountable. If it were my child, I would sue the school district.

  • yoselin cruzado

    I am really sad that my lil niece seleny crosby died even though I never got the chance to meet her I will see her again real soon I love her so much my family is going through a tough time with this news but I am praying everyday for her soul to rest in peace I also pray for her parents her brother and sisters my heart goes out to them

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