HAMSHIRE FANNETT - It's school bus safety week and the goal is to make the public aware of the importance of obeying the rules when a bus stops to pick up and drop off students, but a driver not following those rules could have cost a Hamshire Fannett students life.
"On my neck is where I had my ventilator to breathe," says Cecilia Olvera, Sophomore at Hamshire Fannett High school.
What's left now is a scar of the scary accident she will never forget.
"Hearing the doctors say I won't be able to breathe on my own anymore was scary to think about it," she explains.
In 2014, then 13-years-old, Olvera was struck by a pick truck hauling a trailer on Highway 73.
This incident happened just moments after she and her brother stepped off of their school bus while coming home from school.
"My brother was hit and then I was stuck under the trailer," Olvera says.
Cecilia suffered major injuries and was later transported via air to a Houston Hospital.
"We were so used to getting off and going home, we never expected this," Olvera says.
And this scary accident was a tough scene to witness for first responders like Deputy Alan Roberts.
"It hits very dearly because these kids don't have a chance if people don't give them the opportunity," Roberts says.
The driver that hit Olvera was not impaired, however, Deputy Roberts says those that are, only add to the danger.
He recently arrested a driver just feet away from a school bus while carrying 30 grams of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and a large quantity of ecstasy, the intense scene bringing flashbacks of the day Olvera was hit.
"Those are our future leaders in those busses and we have to yield for them to give them the opportunity to grow up," Deputy Roberts says.
"We are young and want a life ahead of us," Olvera explains.
According to federal sources, there have been over 1,300 deaths involved school transportation between 2006 and 2015.
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