SOUTH JORDAN — A bus driver faces charges stemming from an accident in April that killed a 10-year-old South Jordan girl.
Troy Daniels, 44, of Kearns, was charged Thursday in 3rd District Court with reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor, and failure to signal when school bus is stopped, a class C misdemeanor.
When properly equipped, bus drivers are required to activate their red light signals and extend their stop sign whenever the bus is unloading children to cross a highway, according to court documents.
On April 30, Daniels was driving a bus south along 4000 West and pulled to the shoulder near 10570 South to drop off students. Daniels activated his hazard lights, but he did not use his red light signals or the stop sign in the lane of travel because he needed to hand out flyers to students while they left the bus, charges state.
Traffic continued to flow normally in the southbound lane of 4000 West when 10-year-old Seleny Crosby and six other students got off the bus. Seleny immediately ran in front of the bus to cross 4000 West when she was hit by another school bus in the southbound lane, according to police.
The driver of the bus that hit Seleny said she saw Daniels' bus pulled to the side of the road, but because his red light signals and stop sign were not activated, she didn't believe students were coming off the bus, according to police. She continued driving below the speed limit while passing Daniels' bus but was unable to avoid the collision despite attempts to brake and steer out of the way of the girl.
About 4:10 p.m., South Jordan Police and Fire departments responded to the accident, and Seleny was taken to Primary Children's Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries on May 2.
Police investigated the incident and found that "Daniels deviated from his normal routine" by not activating his red signal lights and stop sign, according to charges.
Daniels has since voluntarily resigned from his position and is no longer employed by the Jordan School District, according to a statement from the district.
"Our hearts are broken over the terrible accident that took the life of Seleny Crosby on May 2," district spokeswoman Sandy Riesgraf said in a statement. "This tragedy has deeply impacted her family, friends, classmates and community, and we continue to feel a loss within them."