UPDATE: Grand Valley Transit bus hits and kills 3 year old; victim identified
UPDATE: The Mesa County Coroner’s Office has completed its examination regarding the death of Virgil Stansberry, a 3 year-old male resident of Grand Junction, CO. Virgil was the child involved in the Grand Valley Transit incident at 29 Road and North Ave. on May 19, 2015. The cause of death is multiple injuries and the manner of death is accident.
The law enforcement agency overseeing this investigation is the Grand Junction Police Department. Please contact them for any further details regarding this case.
The Grand Junction Police Department and the Grand Junction Fire Department were dispatched to the intersection of North Avenue and 29 Road after a report of a 3-year-old child hit by a Grand Valley Transit bus around 12:30 p.m. today. Mesa County Sheriff’s Deputies also responded to the scene.
Initial information indicates the 3-year-old child and an adult were crossing North Avenue when they were struck by the Grand Valley Transit bus, which was making a right turn onto North Avenue from 29 Road. The adult did not sustain any serious injuries, but the child sustained severe injuries and was sent to St. Mary’s Hospital.
As of late last night, after being airlifted to Denver to go to Children’s Hospital, the 3-year-old boy succumbed to his injuries and did not survive. The investigation for this crash is still on-going and information will be updated as it becomes available.
At the time of this release, the status of the walk signals and traffic lights is still being investigated. Due to the serious nature of this incident, detectives and traffic Investigators from the Grand Junction Police Department have closed the intersection of 29 Road and North Avenue for at least the next two hours. This is to ensure a safe environment for a complete and detailed investigation. At this time, there is no indication of alcohol or drugs being involved in the crash, and Grand Valley Transit is cooperating with the investigation.
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