Family and neighbors pray for deceased toddler
POSTED: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 7:35pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 10:33pm
Tyler, TX — Tuesday afternoon, Troopers with the Department of Public Safety were called to Gallion Avenue and Pearl Street in Smith County.
Officials tell KETK, a mother was waiting across the street from her house for her daughter to be dropped off by the bus on Pearl Street.
Officials tell KETK, the mother, Patricia Preciado's 18 month-old daughter, Aria Preciado, came out from the gate and walked towards the bus, as the bus drove off it ran over the little girl and killed her.
Smith County Justice of the Peace, tells KETK the body was sent for an autopsy at the Forensics Medical Management in town.
Patricia's seven year-old daughter, Desiree, saw her little sister lying in the street.
On Wednesday visited the home of Preciado family. KETK spoke to the family and witnesses about the tragedy.
The Preciado family and neighbors gathered to pray for 18 month-old Aria on Wednesday.
Patricia tells KETK, she was waiting across the street from her home Tuesday afternoon when the bus ran over her daughter.
A neighbor saw little Aria outside.
"A little baby walking and I take my little nephew and go wait wait wait."
The next-door neighbor chased the bus, yelled, pounding on the bus trying to get the driver to stop.
Mourning parents Israel and Patricia tell KETK it doesn't seem real.
"I wasn't sure it was her until I walked up to her and realized it was her," says Patricia, mother.
"I love my daughter with all my heart and I'm going to miss her," says Israel, father.
A vigil was held at the home.
One neighbor and mother tells KETK she's fears for her kids safety.
"Speeders come out through here all the time and we're telling them to slow down slow down slow down," says Heather Ammons, neighbor.
Neighbors continue to console the family.
"I would hope everyone would pray for her and her family," says neighbor.
"My heart and condolences go to them and and also for the child knowing that the child is in God's hands," says neighbor.
A neighbor Christel called 9-1-1 from the Preciado's home and is taking this hard.
"Our prayers go out to you...the... family, the kids on the bus, the bus driver, everybody that was involved," says Christel Moncrief.