Three children struck by SUV at Pennsylvania bus stop identified
Three children who were struck by an SUV, one fatally, at a Pennsylvania bus stop on Monday morning have been identified.
Mark, Lyssa and Ryan Fike, three young siblings from Summit Township, Penn., were waiting for their school bus outside their home when they were hit by a driver who said she was blinded by glare from the sun, KDKA reports.
Mark Fike, 11, was severely injured in the accident and was rushed to Butler Memorial Hospital, where he later died from his injuries. His brother and sister, 9-year-old Lyssa and 6-year-old Ryan, were also transported to Butler, where Lyssa was treated for an ankle injury. Ryan was subsequently flown to the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in serious condition but is expected to survive.
Pictured: Mark (left,) Lyssa (center,) and Ryan (right) Fike (Photo: GoFundMe)
State police in Butler County said the driver of the SUV, identified as 38-year-old Gina Kibbie, fully halted her vehicle at a stop sign near the bus stop before turning right and hitting the children at a low speed, apparently not seeing them along the roadway due to sun bouncing off a snow bank.
Kibbie is currently listed as a faculty member at Summit Elementary School, which all three victims attended, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
State Trooper Ronald Kesten said no charges have yet been filed in the ongoing investigation.
Brian J. White, Jr., the superintendent of Butler School District, released a statement grieving the "tragic loss of one of our Summit Elementary students" shortly after the crash.
"When our school community experiences a tragedy, such as the loss of a young life, it impacts all of us," he wrote. "My thoughts and prayers are with the students and their family and friends at this incredibly difficult time."
Scott Rogers, the children's uncle, remembered Markie, as his family called him, as "a genius" who was interested in science and the environment.
"Markie was an unbelievable kid, we’re going to miss him," he told KDKA.
A GoFundMe page has been started by the victims' aunt, Sara Sherrin, to help the family cover medical bills and other unexpected costs.