Earlier this month, an 8-year-old Omaha boy named Haji Mohamed lost his life when he was struck by a school bus on Sprague Street between 22nd and 23rd Streets, just north of the King Science and Technology Magnet Center. Haji was in the second grade at Springville Elementary and was well-loved by everyone at the school and his family. According to his mother, the boy never stopped smiling.
Omaha police said their investigation showed that the school bus had come to a stop on Sprague Street at a designated drop-off spot. The driver had stopped off a couple students and continued traveling westbound. Haji had just gotten off the bus and tried to cross Sprague Street. As soon as he entered the roadway, the bus struck him. Surveillance footage showed that the other children who got off at his stop did not cross the street at the same time.
Omaha Public Schools administrators, Student Transportation of America, and OPS Student Transportations are currently working with the Omaha Police Department to investigate the accident and figure out what happened.
When a school bus accident like this occurs, it’s integral to allocate resources to investigate what happened and how similar accidents in the future can be prevented. Students are usually taught to wait safely at a bus stop before crossing the street– especially before the bus continues on its way– but safety should always be the first and primary concern for drivers regardless of this fact.
If you or a loved one has any questions about an Omaha car, truck, or bus accident you were involved in, don’t hesitate to reach out to Welsh & Welsh today. We are happy to help go over any legal options you may have.