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Pedestrian killed after being hit by school bus

LINCOLN Parish - UPDATE (02/16/18): Billy Hicks says, everyone knows the victim as Matthew. The Ruston Police Department confirmed that a Lincoln Parish school bus full of elementary school students struck and killed a man. 

That man neighbors have identified as Matthew Smith. "It crushed him. He was sitting down Indian style, leaning forward, with his hoodie over his head. The bus driver probably didn't see him and ran over him," said Hicks. 

Smith was sitting at the intersection of Second Avenue and Gill Street in Ruston when he was hit. 

Smith's mother shared that she couldn't have seen any of this coming. "I was shocked, it hurt me so bad. I started crying and it really shocked me," said Myra Smith, mother. 

Now she wants everyone to simply remember the person her son was. "I just want them to remember him by the way he used to walk and help people. I miss him and I love him," she said. 

Members of the neighborhood say this is a loss that effects everyone. They say that Matthew Smith was everyone's friend. 

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A man is dead after he was hit by a school bus in Lincoln Parish.

According to a press release from the Ruston Police Department, the incident happened on February 16, 2018 around 6:15 a.m.

Officers responded to the intersection of Gill Street and Second Avenue regarding a crash involving a school bus and a pedestrian.

Once officers arrived they discovered a male had been hit by a Lincoln Parish Schools Bus #25 and was deceased.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the bus was traveling east bound on Second Avenue and was turning southbound onto Gill Street. 

The deceased male was apparently seated in the roadway, and the driver of the school bus was unable to see this person seated in the roadway. The male was struck and killed by the bus.

At the time of the crash, the bus was almost fully loaded with elementary-aged children. None of the children were injured.

A short time later, officials with the Lincoln Parish School Board brought another bus to the scene and transported the children to their respective schools.

Toxicology samples have been collected and will be sent off for analysis.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing .

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to contact the Ruston Police Department at (318) 255-4141.


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