Yesterday at around 7:41 am an 11 year old little boy named Conor was struck by a car going too fast, that didn't stop while he crossed to board his bus. He was airlifted to a specialty Childrens Hospital, they lost his heartbeat twice on the way, his brain was flat-line from the beginning... at 11:40 he passed away. I won't go into details of his injuries, as they were horrible. He was my 11 year old cousins best friend, since they were both born pretty much, he is also the same age as my nephew. I'm so sick about this, I feel wretched for everyone involved and I'm really worried about my cousin, it's been super hard on him, but that goes without saying. My whole self feels numb, it's still not real... Conor was an amazing kid, so sweet, smart and very athletic. It's hard to accept that this bright soul is gone already. My cousin is also worried about how the woman who hit him is feeling, I feel shamed but all I can feel towards her right now is anger and the want to punish someone for this. It was so unnecessary, why didn't she stop??? She was going so fast, she didn't even slow down. Bus's shouldn't need signs and flashing lights for people to know that there are CHILDREN nearby... much as kids like to think they are, they aren't invincible. I beg anyone who is a driver to PLEASE watch out for children and to slow down and stop if you see a bus that is stopped, even if there are no lights blinking or signs showing, just in case. It will only delay you a few moments and it might save lives. Children shouldn't have to die so young, and parents shouldn't have to bury their kids. This was totally preventable. So please please please be aware of your surroundings. I also would like to ask that you keep the family and all of his friends in your prayers, they need them. Desperately. One thing I'm thankful for is that there were no kids on the bus yet, he was the first pick-up.
Ah God, why why why???? I can't bear this. I feel numb, horrified and so heartsick and full of grief. His funeral mass will be Monday, the first funeral that I've been to that will be for a child. I'm going to see my cousin this afternoon to see how he is.
Just a notice to everyone, I'm going to be hard to get ahold of for the next few days.