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Girl Critically Injured by Car as She Ran for School Bus

Posted April 9, 2007

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— Morrisville police said that critical injuries to a 12-year-old girl Monday morning near a school bus stop resulted from a tragic case of a middle-school student running across the street without looking both ways.

Around 6:30 a.m., Anusha Vasurdeva got out of her father's vehicle at the intersection of Morrisville Carpenter Road and Gratoit Drive near the Ridgemont subdivision, police said after reconstructing what happened.

Monday night, she was in critical condition in the pediatric intensive care unit at Duke University Hospital.

Witnesses said the Ligon Middle School student saw the school bus coming and ran across the road to catch it.

The girl apparently didn't look left, police said, and was hit by a minivan traveling at around 35 mph.

She underwent emergency surgery at Duke.

Police said the school bus was well down the road and had not yet turned on it's emergency flashers. Investigators said the minivan did not appear to be speeding, and they are unlikely to charge the driver.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 19 school-age children die each year after being hit near a school bus. Most are between 5 and 7 years old and have darted into the road without looking.

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  • AshKau Apr 14, 2007

    Please just dont comment only, please file a petition to school,if you care.

  • AshKau Apr 14, 2007

    How come Driver was driving at 30 MPH, and his windshield and hood got smashed , sounds fishy to me.

  • owl Apr 10, 2007

    SHE IS NOT A LITTLE GIRL!! 12 IS PRACTICALLY AN ADULT.
    DOOOOOOOD. PLZ STOP CALING HER LITTLE...IT RLLY PERTURBS SOME PEOPLE. 12 IS OLD ENOUGH TO UNDERSTAND, 12 IS OLD ENOUGH TO LOVE, 12 IS OLD ENUFF FOR MOST STUFF. DON'T CALL HER LITTLE.

  • owl Apr 10, 2007

    it teaches us dat we have to be nice to everyone...cos if you don't WHO KNOWS WHEN THEY DIE? wot if you said sumin rlly mean to one of you friends and they died the next day? wot if you never had time to tell them dat you appreciate them and they die? wot if you neva told your friends dat you respect them, and tehy dy the nest day...

  • littleblue Apr 10, 2007

    :( For all those reading this, I have bad news. Anusha sadly passed away today, April 10 while in the hospital. At my school, many kids were crying over her death at the end of the day, as the principal announced her death. Best wishes to her family and friends. :(

  • vgirl4 Apr 10, 2007

    This is so sad...when I heard our principle announce it over the intercom I just froze. I didn't even know her, but it's so tragic. I think we'll all remember this for a long time. And personally, I blame the bus schedules. Seriously, who's gonna remember to look both ways when you wake up at a ridiculous hour with a fog in your head?

  • MissMac Apr 10, 2007

    Miss Ltc, you probably know my daughter Taylor Tomedolsky then, she was really good friends with Mackenzie also, taylor was sick when her friends had the celebration for her, I know I have heard of Anusha's name, I am trying to figure out what class my daughter was in with her, she talked about her a ton of times. I cannot believe , again, another young life is lost. I feel so bad for her family, Does anyone know thier address to send condolences to or what might be going on with the funeral? What a sad situation, I worry everyday of something happening like this, especially where we live, the roads are so congested and things like this happen. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

  • afriend Apr 10, 2007

    This isn't the place to speculate, blame, or anything of the sort. This is the place to mourne the loss of one of God's blessings, Anusha, who passed away this morning. While I never met her, I do know her father, for whom I have great respect. Pray for their family, hug your children, and let them learn from this tragedy.

  • LTCs_Mrs Apr 10, 2007

    El Doggo-how terrible for you that your divine one is so remote/uninvolved. Perhaps if that weren't the case, you'd feel less need to control the uncontrollable, blame the unblameworthy, and rail against everyone else. As for me and Jesus, we're going for a motorcycle ride now.

    MissMac, I believe Anusha left n'woods after 3rd grade (2003). My daughter was also good friends last year w/ Mackenzie when she was in 6th gr @ WCMS. Two Fridays ago her group of friends had a celebration of Mackenzie's life (she died of a heart attack at track practice). This is really awful....

  • El Doggo Apr 10, 2007

    You are right - it was a horrible accident. An accident that could have been avoided if we had a school system that didn't have POO FOR BRAINS!!!!!!

    As for praying online, I don't think the "divine" check into this blog often....

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