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Little girl riding Milwaukee school bus witnessed deadly crash

Posted at 9:30 PM, Feb 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-05 23:19:39-05

MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee school bus involved in a deadly crash on the city's north side had a student riding on it.

Milwaukee Police said around 4:30 p.m. a car ran a stop sign at 37th St. and Sheridan Ave. It was hit by the bus. The passenger in the car died at the scene.

Witnesses came just to comfort all involved including the victim's mother who showed up and saw her son's body in the road.

"She was able to get to the scene before he was moved," said Estelle Cockroft, associate pastor at Greater New Birth Church. "I can't imagine as a parent of three, four happen to come to a scene and see my child laying on the ground, deceased."

The pastor lives just down the road from the accident and came to see if everyone was ok. She prayed with the mother and for her dead son. She said a police officer comforted the car's driver, a teenage boy who had tried to save his passenger.

"He held him in his arms and he kept telling him he was going to be ok, he was going to be ok,'" said Cockroft.

Another woman, who did not want to be named, ran over to the bus and saw a girl she said who looked about 6 or 7-years-old, crying. She said the little girl was not hurt.

Milwaukee Schools said the school bus driver was hurt and went to the hospital with minor injuries.

The unidentified woman said people tried to protect the little girl from what was happening on the street.

"I don't think she understood and the driver and another person was trying to guard her from seeing what was going on with the young man they were trying to resuscitate," said the unidentified woman.

The driver of the car was arrested. Police have not said what charges he is facing.