INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A teenager died Thursday after getting hit by a truck on Indy’s northeast side while trying to catch the school bus.
The accident occurred just before 7 a.m. in the 3900 block of North Emerson Avenue.
Police say 17-year-old Dalton Bandy was running late for the bus on his way to school. He was crossing Emerson and attempting to flag down the bus when he stepped into the path of a truck.
Bandy was rushed to the hospital in critical condition with a head injury and a severe laceration to the side of his head. He later passed away from his injuries.
Indianapolis East Lighthouse Academy said Bandy was a junior at the school and was a “good scholar, and even better person and exemplified all we hold dear at Lighthouse.” Bandy played on the school’s basketball team.
The driver of the truck stayed at the scene. Bandy’s aunt isn’t blaming the driver, instead she’s pushing to make the busy street safer for kids who are just trying to catch the school bus.
“You don’t see crosswalks unless it’s right in front of the schools. You don’t see yield signs. You don’t see flashers. You don’t see anything. You see thousands of people trying to get to and from where they’re going and kid could easily be the target unintentionally,” explains Tabitha Malson, the victim’s aunt.
Officials with Indianapolis East Lighthouse Academy tell FOX 59, once they get all the details from the accident they’ll be taking a closer look at the street to see if bus routes need to change of if other safety precautions are necessary.
Grief counselors are in place at the school to provide support for other students.