KIRYAS JOEL, New York - A young child was hit and killed by a school bus in New York's Hudson Valley Friday.
The crash happened at about 11:15 a.m. near the intersection of Acres Road and Lemberg Court in the town of Kiryas Joel in Orange County.
Investigators with the New York State Police said 6-year-old Leah Messi, of Brooklyn, had just gotten off the bus and headed toward a nearby sidewalk. She apparently abruptly changed directions and began to cross the street in front of the bus. The driver did not see Messi change directions and struck her with the front bumper.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
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People who live nearby said the girl was staying with relatives, as her parents were in Brooklyn attending a wedding.
Members of the Orthodox Jewish community performed their somber religious ritual of cleansing the accident scene.
The child's funeral was scheduled for later in the day.
The state police reconstruction team was out at the scene for hours trying to figure out exactly what happened.
Investigators said there was a livery cab parked at the intersection and captured the incident on its dash camera. That footage will be used as a part of the investigation.