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May 14, 2013

10-year-old run over by bus

By CHRISTIN COYNE

A 10-year-old Parker County boy died Monday after being run over while trying to catch a school bus in front of his home. 

The incident occurred around 6:30 a.m. in the 100 block of Hilltop Meadows Drive during partial early morning darkness, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.  

The southbound Springtown ISD bus had stopped in front of the home to load a student, senior trooper Gary Rozzell said, adding that the boy, identified as Haven Lee Norton, came from the east side of the road to cross in front of the vehicle when the bus began moving again.

The boy’s mother, who witnessed the incident, told authorities that he tripped and fell in front of the bus, Rozzell said. 

The driver did not see the boy and ran over the child, according to Rozzell. 

Haven, a fourth grader at Springtown Elementary, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

In addition to the driver, four children and another adult were aboard the bus at the time. 

At least one of the students on the bus was reportedly able to provide authorities some information, as well. 

The wreck is still under investigation, Rozzell said. 

The 52-year-old driver voluntarily went with Springtown ISD for a drug and alcohol screen per the district’s procedure, though troopers have no indication drugs or alcohol were a factor, Rozzell said. 

The driver has been with the district for two years and has been placed on leave, Springtown ISD Superintendent Mike Kelley said, adding that it is standard operating prodecure to place an employee on administrative leave so an investigation can be conducted, and it does not indicate any wrongdoing. 

Crisis Management Team counselors were available for students at the elementary school Monday morning and the district began notifying parents through the ParentLink calling system around 9:30 a.m., according to Kelley. 

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