Surveillance released in teen bus accident
PLANTATION, Fla. (WSVN) -- Surveillance video from inside a Broward Transit bus has been released after a South Florida teen running to catch the bus was run over.
The 14-year-old boy is seen on the Broward County Transit bus surveillance video running and sticking his hand in between the bus doors as they close.
Passengers can be heard screaming frantically as the driver pressed the gas pedal while the boy's arm was caught in the doors. The boy was then run over by one of the bus' wheels.
Brian Clark witnessed the tragic accident. "The door was open when the child tried to get on the bus, and he started to pull off and close the door, and from here to here was inside the bus," said Clark as he showed the portion of the boy's body that got stuck inside the bus. "That's all I saw, and then the next thing I see is the child drop and then felt the thump. His mother saw everything."
The incident occurred on Friday near 1199 East Sample Road in Pompano Beach.
The driver, 55-year-old Reynaldo Soto, is on paid administrative leave while the Broward Sheriff's Office determines if he should be charged criminally.
The boy's mother was running behind her son and watched the whole scene unfold.
The teen was transported to Chris Evert Children's Hospital. He remains in critical condition in a medically induced coma.
Soto's records showed he was previously involved in two minor accidents. He started working as a transit bus driver in 2001.
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