While the driver of the school bus was not charged with a crime, the family of a child killed after being hit by the bus is now suing Brock Independent School District. Fox 4 reports Emory Sayre's parents are suing the school district, alleging the district failed to protect their daughter and failed to properly train its bus drivers. Brock ISD released a statement addressing the lawsuit saying:
"We continue to offer our prayers and condolences to Emory’s family. Based on potential legal action the district doesn’t have any further comments at this time."
The family is also suing the company that made the bus and the company the school district bought it from. Fox 4 says the family argues the companies should have installed motion sensors that would have detected a student in front of the bus. They are seeking over $1 million in damages.
According to the lawsuit, Emory was one of several students who got off the bus in her neighborhood. All of the students had to cross in front of the bus from the right, and Emory was the last to cross the street. The driver began moving the bus forward, not seeing Emory in front of the bus. Fox 4 says Emory fell over and was run over. She was immediately transported to Medical City Weatherford Hospital, where she died an hour later.
According to Fox 4, the name of the driver has not been made public and is also not named in the lawsuit. The attorney representing the family said the driver doesn't deserve all the blame.