14-year-old fatally struck by school bus

December 4, 2008 4:00:48 PM PST
A 14-year-old girl was struck and killed by a school bus as she crossed the street in the Elmhurst section of Queens. A 14-year-old girl was struck and killed by a mini bus as she crossed the street in the Elmhurst section of Queens.

Jasmin Paragas was walking to school when she was hit at the intersection of 57th Avenue and 90th Street, near the Queens Center Mall, at around 8:10 a.m.

Paragas was pronounced dead soon after at Elmhurst Hospital.

The driver of the mini bus, registered to the JEA Bus Company of Brooklyn, stopped at the scene.

The driver, George Severino, was not charged in connection with her death. But Severino was issued a summons for failure to yield to pedestrian. And his bus was issued two equipment violations, for a headlight that was out and for falling tires.

Four adults who were passengers on the minibus were not injured in the crash.

The girl was a freshman at Francis Lewis High School. A crisis team was going to respond to the school to help students.

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