Funeral planned for girl hit at bus stop; school starts fund
Posted August 22, 2009 10:25 a.m. EDT
Updated August 23, 2009 10:07 a.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — Family and friends will hold a visitation, mass and funeral for Ashley Ramos-Hernandez, 6, who authorities say was hit and killed by a Jeep after getting off her school bus Wednesday afternoon.
Visitation will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Brown-Wynne Funeral Home on Millbrook Road.
Mass will be held 10 a.m. Monday at St. Raphael Catholic Church on Falls of Neuse Road, followed by burial at Raleigh Memorial Park on Glenwood Avenue.
The PTA at Ashley's school, Green Elementary, has established a memorial fund for her. Donations can be made in her name to BB&T Bank, 3000 Duraleigh Road, Raleigh, N.C. 27612.
Ashley, a first-grader, was hit by a Jeep while crossing North Hill Drive, near Hillock Drive, police said.
The Jeep driver, Geraldine Baron Deitz, said she didn't see the bus's stop arm or flashing lights, but witnesses said they were working.
Deitz, 83, of Raleigh, faces charges of misdemeanor death by vehicle and passing a stopped school bus.
Family and friends gathered on Thursday night to remember Ashley.
Ashley's parents, who speak little English, said through a translator that she was "a beautiful and smart girl" and "they love her very much." She is also survived by her 1-year-old sister, Jasmine.