5-Year-Old Hit, Killed By School Bus

SYMSONIA, Ky. (AP) - Police and school officials in western Kentucky have been investigating how and why a school bus struck
and killed a 5-year-old boy.
Keeton Mathis of Symsonia in Graves County died Thursday evening
at Lourdes hospital in Paducah. Graves County Chief Deputy Sheriff
Dewayne Redmon says Keeton was hit by the bus as he crossed the
road in front of his family's house. Redmon says the boy was crossing the street after going to the mailbox.
Paul Schaumburg, a spokesman for the Graves County Schools, did
not immediately return a call on Friday from The Associated Press.
Students from Graves County High School and Graves County Middle
School were on the bus, which was dropping off Keeton's half-sister.
Family members recalled a smart, funny, inquisitive child who loved the movie "Annie." Keeton turned 5 on Saturday and was going to have a party this weekend with friends at Lakeland Gymnastics.
"He was a delightful little child," said his great-aunt, Brenda Thomasson. "He's touched a lot of lives in five years. I don't know what we're going to do without him."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Trish Location: Monticello on Mar 7, 2008 at 05:13 PM
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of this little precious child. However, he is safe now in the arms of Jesus. May God Bless his parents and family and give them strength and comfort. Another precious angel has reached heavens gates. God Bless.
  • by Papaw Location: East of 75, South of 64 on Mar 7, 2008 at 04:22 PM
    I hope everyone realizes that there are such things as accidents. I personally know the bus driver and she is completely devastated by this death. My heart goes out to the family as well.
  • by amar Location: palatine on Mar 7, 2008 at 04:17 PM
    i felt very sad and Pray to ALmighty and condolense to family
  • by shawn Location: magoffin on Mar 7, 2008 at 02:56 PM
    sorry what happen.
  • by Anon Location: Southeast ky on Mar 7, 2008 at 01:37 PM
    I am sorry for you loss. May God be with you.
  • by Mari Location: Berea on Mar 7, 2008 at 01:18 PM
    My heart goes out to the parents and loved ones of this little boy. There may be some questions from the public about the childs being allowed to cross the road but I would just like to say, this could have happened to anyone so please don't leave negative comments regarding the parents of this child. They need our support not our critisim.
  • by agnes Location: lexington on Mar 7, 2008 at 12:42 PM
    my prayers are with the family of this young child and with the students on the bus as well as the driver this is a true tradegy
  • by Heather Location: Jeffersonville on Mar 7, 2008 at 12:41 PM
    I hate to hear about accidents such as this. Especially since i have little ones as well. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Just remember he is in a safe place now.
  • by Me! Location: Ky on Mar 7, 2008 at 12:32 PM
    So sad. My condolences to the family.
  • by K Location: Morehead on Mar 7, 2008 at 10:57 AM
    May God be with you.
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