Investigators take closer look at intersection where girl was killed

By Rich Piatt

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, May 5 2014 7:15 p.m. MDT

Kids get on a school bus at 4000 West aand 10570 South, Monday, May 5, 2014. It's the same spot where 10-year-old Seleny Crosby was hit Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Seleny later died from her injuries. Investigators are scrutinizing the stop to see if something can be done to make it safer.

Alan Neves, Deseret News

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SOUTH JORDAN — New street lights or even a new location could come for the school bus stop where a bus struck and fatally injured 10-year-old Seleny Crosby in South Jordan last week.

Investigators from the State Division of Risk Management, transportation officials from Jordan School District, and South Jordan police are scrutinizing the stop. The width of the intersection, the location of the crosswalk, and the volume of traffic at certain times all are part of evaluating what to do next.

“We want to make sure that policy and physical locations all support the safety of our children,” said Marilee Richins with the State Division of Risk Management.

The bus stop is on well-traveled 4000 West and 10570 South, and parents say they want it moved to a less busy street.

“It's been obvious for a long time for us, and, no matter what they decide, who's at fault, that doesn't matter to us anymore,” concerned parent Ali Sommer said. “All that matters to us is getting it moved.”

Jordan District officials have said nearby streets are too small for that.

Just after 4 p.m. Wednesday, a Jordan School District bus carrying Seleny, a student at Welby Elementary School, and other children stopped on 4000 West at 10570 South to drop off students.

The bus pulled over onto the shoulder next to the curb, out of traffic. The bus' hazard lights were blinking, but the red stop lights and the stop sign on the side of the bus were not turned on, South Jordan police officer Sam Winkler said Friday.

Seleny got off the bus, went around the front of the bus and darted into traffic. She was hit by a second bus that was traveling the same direction as her bus.

Winkler said parents should remind their kids to check both ways anyway and to cross well in front of the bus.

“They encourage children whenever they get off the bus to come down a good 12 to 20 feet out in front of the bus,” Winkler said, "because in that same spot, I can now see farther down the street and traffic can see me."

Contributing: Peter Samore

Email: rpiatt@deseretnews.com

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