WALLER, Texas — A 15-year-old student was struck and killed by a car near Waller High School early Thursday.
Waller ISD Director of Communications Sarah Marcus confirmed the driver is a district employee.
The 15-year-old student has not been identified but was a sophomore at the high school.
In a letter sent home to parents, the district's superintendent described the incident as "heartbreaking."
"While details of the accident are still unclear, I know we will continue to bond together as a WISD family," stated Superintendent Kevin Moran. "Please continue to keep your thoughts and support with all those involved. There are additional counselors and support staff available for anyone who needs help processing this tragedy."
The district is less than two weeks into the new school year and students are already going through something kids their age shouldn’t be dealing with.
“It’s just absolutely heartbreaking for us,” Marcus said.
Harris County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Dennis Castanie said the student was struck a quarter mile from the school Fields Store Road.
According to Marcus, the student had been picked up at his stop at 6:04 a.m. Thursday.
At 6:49 a.m. Thursday, the bus dropped him off on campus.
Sgt. Castanie said the accident happened less than a half hour later.
“When I talked to the deputies that work the school, some of the kids they get dropped off and they walk out and they go, before school starts, and go to some of the these, the stores around here trying to get a drink or something,” Sgt. Castanie said.
He said the student had a mental disability and was walking alone.
According to witnesses, the boy darted from one side of the street to the other.
Sgt. Castanie said the driver didn’t have time to stop and hit the student.
The district would not identify the Waller ISD employee. Marcus did confirm he works in administration. She said he is distraught and heartbroken over the accident.
“You know as a parent, I can’t imagine getting this kind of information, news, about my child,” Marcus said. “We have talked with the family and they’re doing as well as to be expected. Any loss of a kid is tragic for us so we are really bonding together as a community and as a family providing our support.”
Sgt. Castanie said the driver has vision problems but was wearing the correct glasses when the accident took place. He said the driver stayed at the scene and does not face any charges.
The district has counselors available for students and staff.
No charges are expected to be filed since the student ran out in front of the vehicle.
At the time of the apparent accident, the school district said the student was taken to the hospital by ambulance in critical condition. He later died from his injuries, however.
Here is the full notice sent home to parents:
Dear Waller ISD Family,
With deepest sadness, I need to inform you all that we tragically lost the Waller High School student who was struck by a vehicle near WHS this morning. The loss of a student, for any reason, is heartbreaking. Traffic in the area will be affected during the investigation. While details of the accident are still unclear, I know we will continue to bond together as a WISD family. Please continue to keep your thoughts and support with all those involved. There are additional counselors and support staff available for anyone who needs help processing this tragedy.
Thank you in advance for your support during this difficult time.
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