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No charges as SCRT investigates fatal Tift Co. crash

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  The State Patrol won't file any charges against a driver who struck and killed a little boy until their Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team completes a detailed investigation.

Seven year old Jonathan Martinez died from his injuries yesterday. He and Kimberly Sanchez were hit by a car as they crossed a Tift County street to get on their school bus Wednesday morning. Ninety-two year old Mason Thompson said he didn't see the bus or the kids because of fog. @

"Jonathan, I'm so sorry that you got hurt...." read Jenny Sanchez.

The Third grader Jenny had a message for her friend killed this week.

"...every time that I got to sleep I feel sad that the man hit you," said Sanchez.

Her mother had a hard time finding the words to tell her he's gone.

"They would tell me call, her friend and tell her what happened. I couldn't, I said I can't. I couldn't even tell an adult, especially I couldn't tell my children, especially not my girls because Jonathan would always here in the house with the girls and I couldn't tell them," said Monica Sanchez.

Jonathan's family can't bear to come home.

"He would always get off that bus stop and pick up a little flower, pick a little leaf of grass and take it to his mom and now his mom says who's going to take me flowers, who's going to bring me flowers everyday if it wasn't Jonathan," said Sanchez of her friend.

She can't understand how this could happen when she sees Mason Thompson drive the road daily.

"Doesn't he know, he lives, he drives that road every day in the morning, I don't know how many times during the day, doesn't at least, he knows," said Sanchez.

Now she's working with the schools to find a better way to get the kids picked up.

"We're trying to see if there's anyway the bus driver can come at least though there's another drive through, come through here and pick them up where the trailer park is right here," said Sanchez.

Tift County Schools will bring in a consultant from the Department of Education to look at the situation, as Jonathan Martinez's friend struggle.

"Don't worry about your sisters and brothers they're at Monica's house. I hope you feel better and we will pray for you. We miss you," said Jenny Sanchez.

Trying to understand why this happened.

The School Systems Director of Operation Robby Dasher hopes drivers who frequently see buses during their morning commute will pay a little more attention to the red flashing lights on their buses and remember they've got kids crossing streets to board those buses.

The school system is considering multiple options to make the bus stop safer for students. The SCRT investigators expect to begin mapping the crash site next week.


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