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6-year-old girl hit, killed after getting off school bus

Posted August 19, 2009
Updated August 20, 2009

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— A 6-year-old girl died Wednesday afternoon from injuries sustained when she was hit by a vehicle after she got off a school bus in Raleigh, police said.

Ashley Ramos-Hernandez was struck while walking across the street at about 1:30 p.m. at the intersection of North Hills and Hillock drives, police said. She died at WakeMed.

Ashley attended Green Year Round Elementary School, 5307 Six Forks Road in Raleigh, according to Michael Evans, a spokesman for Wake County schools.

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The Jeep that struck the girl was driven by Geraldine Baron Deitz, 83, of Raleigh. She was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and passing a stopped school bus, according to the wreck report.

“The death of a child is always something that causes us to pause and reflect. And in this case, perhaps what we need to reflect on is the need to be especially careful around school buses,” said Jim Sughrue, spokesman for the Raleigh Police Department.

Deitz told police that she was traveling east on North Hills Drive when she saw the stopped school bus facing west. She said she briefly stopped and waited for the bus to turn on Hillock Drive, but when the bus didn’t turn, she continued driving, the wreck report stated.

Deitz said she heard a "thud" and realized she hit a child, according to the report. She told police "that she did not see where the child came from."

Deitz told police that the bus did not activate the appropriate signals to indicate that a child was exiting, the wreck report stated.

Witnesses on the scene said the bus did activate the signals. Evans also said lights and stop arms on the bus appeared to have been working properly.

“I was sitting out here, and I heard a thud, a loud noise coming from the road,” said Beverly Dehaney, who lives near the scene of the incident. “I am just seeing the image of that little girl laying there with her eyes half open and then in a minute, the eyes were closed and she was so lifeless."

Dehaney said her granddaughter, Ana, was friends with the victim.

“It is very, very hard because it could be my granddaughter. She is her friend. It could have been my grandchild coming home like that,” Dehaney said.

Evans said grief counselors will be at the school Thursday to help fellow students cope with the girl’s death.

“I’m trying to console Ana and let her know that she will see her in heaven,” Dehaney said.

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  • Professor Aug 20, 5:33 p.m.

    I wonder how the 86 year old lady is feeling right now. Do she still think she should drive and was not wrong? I hope she sees her wrong. If not, her family should explain it to her along with her lawyer.

  • leo-nc Aug 20, 5:33 p.m.

    "Wrong - its the highway patrol that issues the license. Where have you been?"----

    Professor, if you are talking about a NC driver's license, the Highway Patrol does NOT issue the license, period. Never have, and never ever will.

  • leo-nc Aug 20, 5:30 p.m.

    "I thought it was now the law that students are not suppose to cross the street when getting of the bus. Maybe it's just a county law and not a state law. My daughter had to spend an extra 20 min on the bus for the bus to come back up the street b/c the students are not allowed to cross the street. Praying for both families"-------

    Incorrect once again. If it's a two lane road non-divided two lane road, or even a road with a center turn lane, then both directions of traffic have to stop. In addition, the kid can either get off and walk to the right of the bus or cross the street to get to their home.

  • Professor Aug 20, 5:27 p.m.

    Incorrect. DMV issues the license.
    leo

    Wrong - its the highway patrol that issues the license. Where have you been?

  • leo-nc Aug 20, 5:18 p.m.

    "The highway patrol issues the license. Take this issue to them. her license should be taken away from her for the rest of her life."----professor

    Incorrect. DMV issues the license.

  • Professor Aug 20, 4:55 p.m.

    83 yr old driver...i wonder if her age had something to do with it...
    Shadow213

    Of course it did. But the highway patrolmen allowed her to have her license any way. I just wonder did that give her a road and eye test?

  • Shadow213 Aug 20, 4:53 p.m.

    83 yr old driver...i wonder if her age had something to do with it...

  • Professor Aug 20, 4:12 p.m.

    I wish that I had. They certainly didn't hesitate to reprimand me when I did something wrong.
    Suchagoodboy

    I would just bet they are feeling guilty right about now. You did what you thought was right.

  • Professor Aug 20, 3:59 p.m.

    There is a huge difference between drivers being educated properly,

    The highway patrol issues the license. Take this issue to them. her license should be taken away from her for the rest of her life.

  • Here kitty kitty Aug 20, 3:56 p.m.

    Professor, I realize that now and wish I had done things differently when it comes to the lazy directors. At that time I didn't do what I should have done and followed up with someone higher up the food chain. I wish that I had. They certainly didn't hesitate to reprimand me when I did something wrong.

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