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Dramatic footage has surfaced of the moment a Kentucky school bus driver dragged a six-year-old 1,000 feet along the road after driving off while the girl’s backpack was caught in the doors.
Ally Rednour, a first-grader at Wilkerson Elementary School at the time, was getting off the Jefferson County Public Schools bus on May 15, 2015, when the doors to her backpack were closed, trapping her.
The driver, Melinda Sanders, did not notice and left, with the surveillance camera inside the bus capturing the six-year-old boy being dragged for several blocks.
Ally was taken to the hospital where doctors said she suffered severe abrasions on 12 percent of her body and she was forced to undergo various surgeries.
Sanders is in a civil lawsuit this week after the girl’s mother filed a lawsuit against the driver in 2018 seeking unspecified damages.wikipedia
Sanders is seen testifying at her civil trial this week after the girl’s mom filed a lawsuit against the driver in 2018
The images, which were obtained by WAVE3 and expected to be reproduced at trial, show the six-year-old boy walking down the steps of the bus to get out of the vehicle.
When he reaches the last step, the doors slam shut slamming his arm before catching his bright pink backpack.
The girl turns to face the stairs, while Sanders is seen staring straight ahead through the front windshield.
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The doors then close completely trapping the body of the backpack inside the vehicle while Ally’s arms are still through the handles.
Sanders begins to walk away from her and Ally is seen running desperately in an effort to keep up with the bus as he drags her away.
After a few seconds she can’t keep up, she falls down and is swept away by the bus.
During the incident, another student is seen standing next to Sanders as he drives the vehicle and the driver is heard chatting and yelling at some of the students.
Sanders is unaware of what is happening until another vehicle is heard honking its horn, in an apparent effort to make it stop.
At that moment, Sanders looks towards the doors and realizes that Ally is trapped.
She stops the bus and he hears her exclaim, ‘My God, my God.
The doors open and Sanders runs downstairs to see the six-year-old.
The incident took place in 2015, but the video came to light this week as the civil lawsuit against Sanders and the school district began Tuesday.
Attorneys for the girl’s family said she was dragged 1,147 feet in the incident.
They said Sanders violated 16 rules of her employment as a bus driver, including ensuring that children get on and off the bus safely.
In addition to not seeing Ally get off the bus, she allegedly also passed a stop sign and allowed another student to stop while she was driving.
Sanders took the stand to testify as a witness where he expressed his regret for what happened, WPSD Local reported.
When asked what the ‘moment of truth’ of ‘getting on and off’ the children on the bus means to her, he replied: “It means a lot to me, and I wish, Mr. Paulus, I had followed you that day.
She added: ‘I can’t get that day back.’
Several other current and former employees of the district’s Transportation Department also took the stand to testify that Sanders had broken protocol that day.
JCPS school bus driver and coach Katrina Ferral described the incident as “horrible” and said drivers should make sure children are within 10 feet of the bus before pulling away.
Who was identified as an RA in the lawsuit but was named in media reports
‘You see them get off the bus, you close the door. When they are away from the bus, you close the door, you look in that mirror and you look at them.
“They have to be 10 feet apart before starting.”
Ally’s pediatric surgeon also told the court that the six-year-old suffered skin loss on both legs.
Dr. Sheldon Bond said, “We had some skin loss here and some skin loss there [points to each leg]. This was a very large abrasion that was scrubbed away. ‘
Ally, who was identified as an RA in the lawsuit but was named in media reports in 2015, was taken to hospital with minor injuries and was released two days later.
His family said in the lawsuit that he suffered severe nerve damage and post-traumatic stress disorder and that he had to undergo multiple surgeries.
Sanders was fired by the district a month after the incident, in which they said she ignored the training and did not follow procedure by not seeing the boy get off the bus.
Ally Rednour Quicks and Facts
- Ally Rednour, 6, was stepping off the Jefferson County Public School bus back on May 15, 2015, when the doors closed on her backpack, trapping her
- Driver Melinda Sanders failed to notice what happened and drove off
- Surveillance camera in the bus shows the child being dragged several blocks
- Ally was taken to hospital where doctors said she suffered severe abrasions to 12% of her body and was forced to undergo several surgeries
- Sanders was fired back in 2015 but is on civil trial this week after the girl’s mom filed a lawsuit against the driver in 2018 seeking unspecified damages