CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - We're learning more about a young father killed in Chesterfield County Tuesday morning after a crash between a school bus and car.
Noel Santos was driving that car, and died at the scene.
Early reports from police indicate the bus struck his car at the intersection of Old Hundred Road and Creekpoint Circle, but they have not released specifics about what led up to that collision.
Santos, 26, is being remembered as devoted husband and father to three-small children.
His brother in law said Santos was on his way to work at Wells Fargo Tuesday morning, even though he was supposed to be off.
"He was a very friendly. nice, loving family guy," says neighbor Cami Tesimale.
Santos is being remembered as devoted husband and father by people who loved him and those who just saw him in passing, like Tesimale.
"Hard worker. You could just tell he was about his family and his kids. Every time I saw him he was coming home from work or going to work," she said.
And, it was that commitment to work, that may have helped lead to his death.
His brother-in-law Alex Fuentes says Santos was going in on his day off when this crash happened.
"I come out here and seen this - heard sirens, helicopter -I wasn't sure what happened," says nearby resident Trey Hatton describing the scene after it took place.
"The top of the car was cut off and I seen the helicopters here," says nearby resident Allen Wright.
A Chesterfield school bus and Santos' white car collided. Initially, Med-flight was called into help, but it was too late. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Santos lived in the Creek Pointe apartments and Fuentes tells NBC12 the family could clearly see the accident scene from their deck.
While the family is understandably upset, off- camera Fuentes shared stories of Noel Santos- talking about his devotion to his wife, the recent birth of his little girl and shared that Santos' recent buzz cut was to support his mother who is battling cancer and undergoing chemo.
The crash has people in this community vowing to hug their own loved a little tighter.
Says Tesimale, "It's sad to see that these kids are going to have no father."
Four children in the bus were on their way to Greenfield Elementary for a gifted program.
Those children and bus driver were not hurt.
Evergreen Elementary School released the following statement:
While no Evergreen students were involved in the accident bus route 13 did pass by the sight of the accident this morning on the way to school. Students did see the bus and car that were in the accident but did not see any of the people involved.
School administration meet with the students as they got off the bus this morning and everyone seemed okay.
We will monitor students for any signs of distress and make the counselors available for anyone who needs to talk about the accident.
We are not anticipating any problems, but wanted to make you aware that we are aware of the situation and have made preparations to assist any student who needs it.