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Detroit student dies after she stuck her head out bus window, hit it on tree

9:54 AM, May 21, 2010   |    comments
Investigators survey the scene in southwest Detroit where a girl died after sticking her head out a bus window and hitting it on a tree. (RASHAUN RUCKER/Detroit Free Press) Desc: Investigators survey the scene in southwest Detroit where a girl died after sticking her head out a bus window and hitting it on a tree. (RASHAUN RUCKER/Detroit Free Press)
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A Detroit Public Schools student died Thursday when her head, which was stuck out of a window of a school bus, hit a tree after the bus backed up.

School and police officials say the incident happened around 3 p.m. near Phoenix Multicultural Academy on the city's southwest side, where she was a fifth-grader. Students had just been dismissed for the day.

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The 11-year-old girl, identified by DPS officials as Tiffany DiCicco-Ross, had just gotten on the bus and stuck her head out the window when the bus backed up, and her head hit the tree, said school and police officials.

Steve Wasko, spokesman for Detroit Public Schools, said the girl was one of about 10 students on the bus. Her brother was among the passengers.

He said the bus was operated by DHT Transportation, one of the vendors that provide bus transportation for the district. The company's contract expires June 30. The driver is being removed from his bus route pending the results of the Detroit police investigation.

It was unclear Thursday what the rules are regarding windows being open on school buses.

Several hours after the accident, blood could be seen on the last window on the right side of the bus, and officials were measuring the tree and taking pictures.

Taneesha Davis, a Detroit parent whose two children ride the bus to school, said people should reserve judgment before placing blame.

"You can't assume the bus driver was wrong," she said.

Contact LORI HIGGINS: 313-222-6651 or lhiggins@freepress.com. Free Press staff writer Joe Rossiter contributed to this report.

 

 

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