8-Year-Old Boy Releases Bus Parking Break, Kills Girl

NEW YORK – A girl was crushed to death May 22 by a bus whose brake had been released by an 8-year-old boy.

Amber Sadiq, also age 8, was crossing the street near her Brooklyn, N.Y.-area school when she was struck by the bus. The boy who had released the parking brake because he wanted to drive the vehicle had sneaked onto it through an emergency exit. The bus then began rolling, crushing Sadiq and only coming to a stop after hitting a pole. Officials believe the vehicle, which was parked prior to the incident, had been properly secured by the bus driver.

The boy was arrested and charged with negligent homicide May 23. He had been suspended from school on May 19 for climbing onto another empty bus.

Sadiq’s funeral was held May 25.

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