Police: Girl, 9, hit and killed by school bus in Maryland

Posted at 4:41 PM, Dec 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-13 17:41:41-05

BETHESDA, Md. -- A fourth -grader who was hit by a school bus in Maryland has died.

The girl, 9, got off the bus Thursday afternoon with a group of students when she was struck by the vehicle, police in Montgomery County said in a release. News outlets report the bus was making a right turn when it hit the girl in a residential area of Bethesda.

The girl was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead Thursday night.

Her name was not immediately released, but school officials say she was a student at Bradley Hills Elementary School. Counselors were expected to be available at the school Friday, principal Karen Caroscio said in a letter to parents, WTTG-TV reported.

The other students and the bus driver were not injured, police said. It's unclear whether the bus driver will face charges.

Earlier this week, authorities said a 4-year-old girl in Glen Arm, Maryland, was briefly dragged by a school bus after her backpack got caught in its door. That child was hospitalized with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.