7 year old killed by school bus to be laid to rest

Funeral services for Hannah Mae Martin, 7, will be Monday and she will be laid to rest in Georgia at a later date. She will be deeply missed by friends and family. Those close to her say she loved to sing and dance.

According to her obituary, Hannah is survived by her mother and stepfather, Savannah and Jason Wilkie; father, Timothy Martin of Cave Springs, Ark.; brothers, Joshua Andrew Martin and Jadon Ray Wilkie of Bonnerdale; step-sister, Abbi Nicole Petersen of Farmington, Ark.; maternal grandparents, Richard and Laura Rhudy of Canton, Ga.; maternal great-grandmother, Barbara Starnes of Canton; paternal grandparents, Mike and Sharon Martin of Cave Springs; paternal great-grandparents, Walter and Mary Daves of Hot Springs; step-grandmother, Loretta Wilson of Hot Springs; step-great-grandparents, Ray and Ernestine Smith of Hot Springs and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Details about what happened Friday morning have not been released by the Garland County Sheriff's Office.

Original Story Aired on Friday, September 21:

(KATV) It started just like every other morning; a seven year old went to her bus stop. But what happened next leaves a hole in the hearts of her family and friends. Sadly, the girl was struck and killed by the school bus. It happened at about 6:25 Friday morning on Old Dallas Road in Garland County.

The victim's name is Hannah Martin. The bus driver's is 55-year-old Steve Johnson.

Four students were on the bus when the second grader was hit on Old Dallas Road. Channel Seven has been told that the kids were offered counseling, but they didn't see what happened.

Kids are happy on the playground as usual at Lake Hamilton Elementary school, that's because they have not been told their classmate; Hannah Martin,7, was hit and killed by her school bus. She was in second grade.

During an afternoon press conference, Superintendent Steve Anderson said he went to the student's home to comfort the grieving family. He says, "I did visit with the mom and step dad. As to how they're handling it, understandably they've lost their baby and they were in shock."

The Garland County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident. They have not released any details or possible reasons for the fatal accident. It is a rural road, there's a curve before the bus stop and at 6:25 am it is still dark and there are no street lights. "The only light that would have been available is from the headlights of the bus," Deputy AJ Tart said.

During the day, there are now tire tracks where Hannah lost her life. It happened in front of her house. Deputy AJ Tart confirms that's where she was supposed to be picked up.

The bus driver is on paid leave. Superintendent Steve Anderson adds, "Obviously the driver is very distraught. Not only because she was one of the students who rode his bus but also personally, he was a personal friend of the family."

The school has decided to let parents give their kids the tragic news about their friend. Dozens of counselors will be available to help the students during this emotional time.

Hannah Martin has two siblings, not yet old enough for school. Her mom was home when she was hit.

Steve Johnson has been a driver for the district for five years. He does not have a school bus accident on his driving record. Hannah and his granddaughter used to play at his home.

Johnson has not been charged. That will be up to the prosecuting attorney's office when investigators hand over their findings.

PEARCY, Ark. (AP) - Authorities in central Arkansas say a 7-year-old girl was struck and killed by a school bus that she normally takes to school in the morning.

Lake Hamilton School District superintendent Steve Anderson says the bus hit the second grader early Friday morning near her bus stop in a rural area northwest of Pearcy.

Anderson said the incident occurred before sunlight and that the bus driver knew the girl personally.

Authorities haven't released the names of either the girl or the bus driver and no charges have been filed.

Garland County Sheriff's Deputy A.J. Tart said authorities will forward their investigation to prosecutors, who will decide whether to file charges.

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