Bus driver will not be charged after 4-year-old’s fall, police say

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

(CNN) — A church bus driver will not face charges after a 4-year-old girl fell from his moving vehicle onto a busy roadway, police said Monday.

The accident was caught on video by the dash cam of a trained emergency medical technician driving behind the bus in Harrison, Arkansas.

“My heart sank,” Ryan Ciampoli, the medical technician, said on CNN’s “New Day” on Monday morning. “That’s the first time I’ve ever seen it in my life, in person. It didn’t look real. I had to do a double-take.”

Ciampoli stopped his vehicle and rushed to the unconscious girl’s aid. He said he moved her from the location because the pavement was hot and traffic made staying there dangerous.

The girl suffered a broken jaw and will undergo surgery. She was taken to a local hospital and united with her parents, then flown to a trauma center at Mercy Hospital.

The male driver was the only adult on the church-owned bus, which was taking children either to or from church, Paul Woodruff, chief of the Harrison Police Department, told CNN.

Other children told police that the girl went to the rear exit door, pulled the latch and opened it, Woodruff said, and then fell out. The children alerted the driver, who pulled over up the road.

Bystanders had called police by then. Emergency responders were on the scene when the driver called, Woodruff said.

The driver remained on the bus with the other children.

“The driver of the bus will not face any charges as this was just a tragic accident,” Woodruff said.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s