A teen boy was severely injured in Pompano Beach Friday morning after the Broward County Transit bus he tried to catch to school ran him over.
Witnesses told Miami Herald news partner CBS4 that the bus driver closed the door on the boy’s arm as he tried to board, then pulled away as the boy, trapped, tried to run alongside.
“Everybody on the bus was screaming ‘stop, stop, stop,” witness Brian Clark told CBS4. “His hand from his elbow down was inside the bus.”
Witnesses told Broward sheriff’s deputies that the boy held on for about a minute before he fell and was run over in the 1200 block of East Sample Road at about 9 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office.
Surveillance video from a nearby store shows the 14-year-old running to catch the bus and his mother, behind him, dropping everything from her arms and dashing toward it as she sees it pull off with him caught in the doors.
CBS4 reported that the teen attends Crystal Lake Middle School, and that he was stabilized at Broward Health North and airlifted to Broward Health Medical Center for further treatment.
BSO traffic homicide detectives are investigating because his injuries are so severe, according to BSO.
Broward County Transit Division Director Tim Garling said in a news release that the bus driver, Reinaldo Soto, has worked for the county since 2002.
He has been placed on administrative leave as part of standard operating procedure while BSO detectives investigate.