Officials: Students ran in front of bus that hit them

TAYLORSVILLE, Ind. (WISH) – Investigators say two children that were run over by a school bus ran out in front of it.

It happened just after 7:30 Thursday morning at the intersection of Chaucer and Buckingham Drive in Taylorsville.

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office said 6-year-old Brian Moffitt was treated and released at Columbus Regional Hospital, but his sister, 9-year-old Aiyanna Moffitt, needed to be airlifted to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

Investigators said in-bus video footage shows the driver, 23-year-old Dylan Graham, came to a complete stop in front of the house. It shows a student on the bus telling him the children standing outside did not need to be picked up.

Investigators said Graham then turned his head away from the children and began moving forward, and that’s when Brian darted out in front of him. They say Aiyanna followed Brian.

Both were run over. Brian suffered cuts and bruises, but the bus’ left front wheel ran over Aiyanna’s leg. They said Graham was able to stop before the back wheel hit her.

Family members say both of them are doing fine. Overall, they, along with school staff say it’s the best possible outcome for what could have been worse.

“My dad walks them out every morning so we thought he would see something, but I’m pretty sure this all happened so fast,” said family member Justin Schulz.

What normally is just a bus stop outside his home turned into an accident scene, with state troopers trying to recreate how exactly how two of his family members were run over.

“I was like, ‘is she alright? Did it run over her like across the body?’ Stuff like that, but it was all right over across the leg right around the femur region we’re thinking hopefully. That’s not that big compared to the spine or anything like that, got off lucky I’d say,” he said.

Knowing his family was fine calmed him down, but the good news took a bit longer to travel to Taylorsville Elementary School.

“It just puts us on edge,” said Larry Perksinon, Student Assistance Coordinator with the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation. “You get a call at 7:45 in the morning and a principal races out to the bus. You’re immediately just hoping the best for everybody involved. But it sets emotions pretty high for a while.”

Perkinson said it’s likely Thursday’s scare will turn into a learning lesson for all students in the district. But one grandparent 24-Hour News 8 talked with already plans to take care of that.

“I’m going to tell them have eye to eye contact with the driver before they cross in front of the bus,” said Lisa Paris-Chaplin, who lives near the accident scene. “I think that’s the best idea, is to tell our kids if they have to cross in front of a bus to have eye to eye contact with the driver at all times.”

it’s a reminder that’s no doubt caught on with Schulz.

“Oh we’ll make sure they stop, make sure they see the bus completely stop before they walk out,” he said.

Perkinson said Graham has been driving for the district since thanksgiving as a substitute, and that he passed all necessary training.

Investigators said it was Graham’s second day working this particular route. He won’t be back driving until the investigation is complete.

Investigators said Graham voluntarily submitted a drug test. It could take several weeks before the results come back, but investigators said they have no reason to believe he was impaired while he was driving.

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