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UPDATE: Tyler girl struck, killed by school bus

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Pearl Street is in the Morningside area just outside North Northeast Loop 323 Pearl Street is in the Morningside area just outside North Northeast Loop 323
Arra Preciado, shown at 6 months old Arra Preciado, shown at 6 months old
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UPDATE: CHAPEL HILL (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - Counselors are on Chapel Hill campuses today for any children who need their services, the district said in a statement.

Superintendent Donni Cook said in the news release all the school's procedures relating to accidents were followed and she was thankful for the quick response of the transportation department in removing the children that remained on the bus onto another bus to safely carry them home.

She also expressed her sympathy for the family of the 15-month-old and all others involved.

"Chapel Hill ISD is saddened by the tragic accident that occurred yesterday," she said. "There are no words to adequately express our sorrow to the family for their loss and our prayers are with them. Our prayers are also with the bus driver and with our students and staff who know the family or were on the scene."

 


A toddler was run over and killed by a Chapel Hill ISD school bus Tuesday afternoon. 1-year-old Arra Preciado was pronounced dead at the scene around 4pm.

 

Hours after the incident Arra's dad told CBS 19 he had no words to describe what it feels like to lose his little girl--asking for prayers and peace.

Christel Moncrief lives down the street and came running when she heard screams.

"The bus driver got off the bus and she was hysterical and I told her to get that bus, move that bus, so those other kids do not see that baby," Moncrief said. "Because the baby was dead."

Moncrief helped Arra's mom call 911.

Trooper Jeanne Dark with the Texas Department of Public Safety said Arra ran out in front of the bus through a gate at the end of the family's driveway. It happened while Arra's mom was on the far side of the bus waiting for another child.

Dark said there was no way of seeing back toward the house. But neighbors on the other side knew something bad was about to happen.

"They were banging on the bus to get the bus driver to stop," Moncrief said.

By the time the driver stopped DPS said she had already knocked Arra over and then crushed her under the bus's rear wheels.

"It is difficult," Dark said. "We want to make sure that we provide the family with as much information as we can and show support for those that are affected by it."

Investigators are still sifting through witness statements to decide whether to file charges.

"We'll wait to compile all of that information and get a complete picture before we even look into anything in that direction," Dark said.

The rest of the neighborhood is just waiting.

"There's nothing you can do now but pray."

Judge Mitch Shamburger ordered an autopsy for Arra's body.

Chapel Hill ISD had no comment about the accident Tuesday afternoon.

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