Victim's mother speaks out about investigation

By Nicole Bell - bio | email
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The mother of the little boy who tried to jump off his bike to avoid being hit is speaking out for the very first time. Although investigators are not saying much publicly about the investigation, the mother of that little boy says police have found the bus and driver involved in the collision.

Bus number 116 is a Richmond city school bus. We're told by a source close to the investigation that the school bus is now at an impound and that the person behind the wheel is a veteran driver who's now suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.

Remia Thompson is also sharing information with NBC 12 that she says, police shared with her.

"He told me he did recover the bus 116 and that he did recover the bike pieces from off the bus," said Thompson.

Thompson's 12 year old son, Maurice, was riding his bike at Maverick Avenue and Fenton Street when a public school bus came down the road.

"She hit my bike tire and the bike fell on my whole leg," Maurice said.

The driver took off. Just over a week later Thompson continues to look for answers from investigators.

"He said he talked to the suspect and he was going to hold a meeting on what he was going to do and not going to do," Thompson said.

Thompson also says that she's been informed by police that the person behind the wheel of that bus was indeed a Richmond city school bus driver.

"That's what the detective said -- that she had been doing personal runs on the bus. (That the driver was doing personal errands?)  Yeah, that she was doing personal errands because she had no business up this way - over this far," Thompson said.

She says her son is slowly recovering.

"He walks with a limp. He never walked with a limp, but he's walking with a limp. He's complaining of real bad headaches," she said.

Thompson wants the driver of that bus brought to justice.

"As a mother I'm just thank God that he's alive," said Thompson.

Richmond police would not confirm or deny those conversations with Thompson. Again they're only saying the incident is being investigated.

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