LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Garland County Sheriff's Office released the names of two people involved in Friday morning's deadly school bus accident.
The 7-year-old who died was Hannah Martin, a second grader at Lake Hamilton Elementary School. The office released the name of the bus driver, but KTHV is notusing it at this timebecause no charges have been filed in the case.
The Sheriff's Office says Martin was hit by a Lake Hamilton school bus on Old Dallas Road, west of Hot Springs, about 6:30 a.m.
The accident happend in a rural area withno street lights while it was still dark outside. It is not clear what led to the accident or if Martin was in the street at the time.
During a press conference held by theLake Hamilton School District Friday afternoon,Superintendent Steve Anderson said no charges have been filed in the incident.
Anderson saidthe bus driver was with the district for five yearsand hadno prior incidents.He is a family friend ofthe Martinsand his granddaughter was friends with her.Anderson saidthe driveris"distraught" over the tragedy and is on paid leave with the district.
Authorities said four children were on the bus at the time. They knew "something was happening," but did not know that a child had been hit or killed. School district vehicles and personnel picked those children up and took them to school, where 14 counselors are available.