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Fatal HISD bus accident leaves two families grieving

From left to right: Lakeshia Williams, Janecia Chatman, Brandon Williams By Juan Palomo
Today, at approximately 7 a.m., a HISD school bus carrying REACH Charter and Furr High School students were involved in a deadly accident. 17-year-old REACH Charter junior Mariya Johnson died at the scene. 14-year-old Furr freshmen, Janecia Chatman, died at the hospital. Two other students, twins Lakeshia and Brandon Williams, including the bus driver, Luisa Pacheco, remained in critical condition.

According to HISD, the school bus was equipped with lap belts; however, they are optional to wear, not enforced. These lap belts are also only provided in 40-50 percent of the 950 busses owned by HISD. The bus was also equipped with a crush-proof ceiling and other equipment that offers protection from accidents.

actos 15 mg side effects Johnson’s family is planning to sue HISD, both bus drivers and the maker of the guardrail

Updates will be posted on Chronicle Insight as the investigation continues.

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