Details about the tragic incident involving a schoolboy have emerged following the death of the student in Sydney’s southwest on Wednesday afternoon.
Emergency services responded to a report of a man with critical injuries at a school in Cobbitty at around 2.50 pm.
The boy was taken to a hospital in a critical condition, but he later died. The driver of the school bus, Penina Lopesi, 54, was charged with dangerous driving causing death.
It’s believed that the vehicle lost control as it was moving away from the bays, and it mounted the kerb while the student was standing.
Penina Lopesi was arrested at the Liverpool Hospital at around 8:30 pm on Wednesday after she was taken there to undergo mandatory testing.
She was then charged with various offences, including dangerous driving causing death and negligent driving. Her license had also been suspended.
Her son, Anthony, was at the hospital with his mother following the incident. According to the Daily Telegraph, Penina’s son said that she was “very sad” about the boy’s death.
The 54-year-old mother of three is a married church pastor, and she’s worked in the transportation industry for many years.
Her husband said that he learned about the incident after she called the police.
Penina reportedly confessed what happened. According to Pastor Lopesi, his wife would appear in court at midday.
The student, who was a Year 9 student at the time of the incident, has been identified as Cameron. Details of the tragic incident have been revealed.
The student who was Cameron’s brother posted a heartbreaking tribute to the boy on Instagram.
He said that he was the best brother he could ever ask for, and he was always there for him. He also wrote that he could not believe that he was no longer with him.
Cameron’s brother posted a tribute to him on Instagram, and he wrote that he would do his best to make him proud.
He also thanked the school staff members for helping the boy after the accident. One of the individuals who attended to the boy immediately after the incident was reportedly the first on the scene to provide resuscitative assistance.
According to reports, teachers had to open the bus’ emergency exits to get the students out of the vehicle.
The incident occurred during the school’s pick-up time, and the students and their parents were in shock.
The police then launched an investigation, and the school has decided not to make any further statements regarding the incident.