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Morrisville Residents Petition for Changes After Child's Death

Posted April 14, 2007

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— Residents in one local community are pounding the pavement to get a school bus stop moved.

Anusha Vasudeva, a 12-year-old student at Ligon Middle School, was hit by a minivan while crossing Morrisville-Carpenter Road to catch her bus Monday morning. She died a day later at Duke University Hospital.

Police said she didn't look both ways before crossing the street, and the minivan driver wasn't charged.

Homeowners in the Ridgemont community are canvassing Morrisville neighborhoods and collecting signatures to send to the Wake County's School Transportation Department. The parents are pushing to get the bus stop moved into their subdivision.

"Why does it take a death to do this? This is very sad,” said resident Thelma Kammer.

It's not the first time parents have petitioned the school system to move the bus stop. They've done so at least twice before in the past four years, but school district administrators deemed the bus stop was safe and cited bus drivers' difficulty entering and exiting the subdivision

Now school system officials have said they will take another look at the bus stop.

"If they want to sign a petition and give more credence, that's fine,” said spokesman Michael Evans. “It will get reviewed according to the process. If they're not happy with the process, if we can accommodate them, I'm sure we will try."

On Saturday, Morrisville Mayor Jan Faulkner announced the town’s Board of Commissioners will consider passing a resolution urging Wake County school board members to move the bus stop.

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  • Peace89 Apr 23, 2007

    Many letters, map documents, and phone calls were denied by WCPSS DOT officials due to efficiency issues.

  • Peace89 Apr 23, 2007

    UNFORTUNATELY, IT TAKES A TRAGIC EVENT TO GET EVERYONE TO LISTEN!

  • Peace89 Apr 23, 2007

    THERE IS DOCUMENTATION TO PROVE IT!!!!

  • Peace89 Apr 23, 2007

    The DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION(WCPSS) WAS CALLED NUMEROUS TIMES FROM 2002 TO PRESENT. THEY DECLARED THE BUS STOP SAFE!

  • VoiceOfReason Apr 18, 2007

    If you do not like your child's bus stop, call the bus system, drive them yourself, find another bus stop, hire a taxi. You have options.

    Where were these peoples voices before this tragedy?? Why is it the school systems fault that a child made a mistake. The parent was nearby, it's not their fault either. Children make mistakes.... This was a tragic accident. Plain and simple.

    Folks, I do not want to live in a country where the government tells me what is good for me, regulates everything I / my family does. I do not want "them" to assume I am too stupid to make my own decisions... yet this is what many americans ask for....

  • CherryDarling Apr 16, 2007

    NOW school system officials have said they will take another look at the bus stop?!?

    Too little... too late for that child and her family.

    So, this is what it REALLY takes for the Wake County Board of Ed to listen to what people have to say...

    wonderful.

  • Peace89 Apr 16, 2007

    Parents do stay with their CHILDREN at the BUS STOP! AGAIN, WHY IS IT OKAY FOR OTHER AREAS TO HAVE BUS ROUTES WITHIN THEIR SUBDIVISION? DAVIS DRIVE, CARY PKWY, ETC...(THEY ARE 45MPH ROADS TOO)?

  • Peace89 Apr 16, 2007

    Do children have the right to be safe and ride the bus to school(we pay taxes)? Of course they do!!! BTW, the child was less than 2 feet from the curb when she was hit. How could she be running? Again, it is so frustrating.
    Unfortunately, WCPSS DOT did not seem to care as they were too busy scamming WCPSS of thousands of dollars.

  • superman Apr 16, 2007

    If the parents pounding the streets have kids in child-- child protective services should remove their kids from their homes. If they been sending their kids to an unsafe bus stop for 5 years -- they are neglect themselves. Reminds me of the case of the woman being killed and they said the window lock didnt work for 2 years. A 99cent window lock might- would have saved her life--but she was right-- it wasnt her reponsbility to buy the lock and put it on. The parents wasting their time to sue-- but of course there are lawyers out there who want to make a name for themselves. The child ran across the street without looking-- duh---

  • highergame4me Apr 16, 2007

    I really think the child's family should look into suing the school system and I hope some great attorney from Raleigh steps up and represents them in this suit free of charge!

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