GOODYEAR, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - A boy was taken to the hospital and later died after being hit by a school bus in Goodyear Friday afternoon.

It happened around 4 p.m. near 144th Avenue and Indian School Road, which is close to Western Sky Middle School.

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Goodyear police say the victim is between 12 and 14 years old. Friends say he's 13. The boy had life-threatening injuries when he was taken to the hospital, according to the Goodyear Fire Department. He later died.

“I looked over and I see this kid and him and his skateboard. He was under the bus," said Deanna Pearson. She pulled up to the intersection just after the accident. "His mom came up. I ain’t never hear a scream like that before. I’ve never heard a scream like that. And I just held her and started praying. My first thing was to pray.” 

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The district said the boy went to Western Sky Middle School and counselors will be available for students and staff who need them.

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Officers said there were students on the bus but none of them were injured. The bus was heading south on 144th Avenue, and was turning right onto Indian School Road. The boy was crossing Indian School southbound on a skateboard. An officer at the scene said the impact on the bus was on the right side near the back, not at the front of the bus.

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The driver stayed on the scene. Video from the Arizona's Family News Chopper showed officers administering a field sobriety test to what looked the bus driver. Police later said no impairment was suspected.

The Litchfield Elementary School District sent the following statement:

"It is with a heavy heart that we share that one of our Western Sky Middle School students was in a tragic accident today involving one of our school buses. He was transported to Phoenix Children’s Hospital where he later passed away. Impairment is not suspected and the driver stayed on the scene to cooperate with the Goodyear Police Department investigation. No students on the bus were injured.

We offer our deepest condolences to the family of our precious Wildcat. His name is not being released at this time, but he was a kind young man who will be dearly missed.

Mental health experts will be available at Western Sky Middle School on Monday and for as long as students and staff need support. Students and families in need of added support are encouraged to contact their teacher or the school office to ensure their needs are being met.

Thank you to Goodyear Police Department and Goodyear Fire Department for their assistance and support. We deeply appreciate their partnership at a time when our community most needs a sense of care and love."


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