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Children in bus accident identified
, Courier Staff Writer
Friday, November 02, 2012 11:00 AM
State police released the names of the children and adults involved in the Carroll County bus crash earlier this week.
State police identified 3-year-olds Leighann Hendren, Jose Ardon-Landa, Dulce Cruz, Ryleigh Hollingsworth, Brayden Jones and Jordan Raisor and 4-year-old Mariah Robles as passengers on the Head Start bus that crashed Monday. Ryder Deitz and Caroline Tuttle, both 3, died in the crash.
The Carroll County Schools Head Start bus was driven by Laura Reed, 59, of Carrollton. Bus assistant Tina Gividen, 52, of Carrollton, was riding the bus.
Through an open records request by WAVE 3 in Louisville, documents showed that the school bus driver has been with the school district since 1994 and has always driven buses that transport students to and from the Carroll County Child Development Center.
The documents also showed Reed always had good reviews and no prior accidents in the 18 years of employment with the school. She also worked as a school cook.
Local law enforcement ruled out the involvement of a second vehicle in the bus crash on Boone Road. Initial reports released Monday by the Carroll County Sheriff's Department said another vehicle might have been involved.
Kentucky State Police public information officer Brad Arterburn said the investigation could take weeks before a cause of the accident is known.
Three children and one adult remain in the hospital.
Leighann Hendren remained in serious condition Thursday in University Hospital in Lexington, Ky.
Gividen was in stable condition Wednesday at University Hospital in Louisville, state police said.
Mariah Robles was in stable condition in the intensive care unit Thursday at Kosair Children's Hospital, spokesman Steve Menaugh said. A 3-year-old boy, who the hospital would not identify, is in good condition on the medical surgery floor, he said.
One child was released from the hospital Tuesday and another child was released Wednesday. Two other children taken to Kosair Children's Hospital as a precaution were checked out and released Monday.
Reed was taken to Carroll County Memorial Hospital and was released Monday.
Caroline Tuttle's funeral will be at 2 p.m. today.
Ryder Deitz's visitation is today from 6 to 8 p.m., and the funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday.
A candlelight vigil is planned in Carrollton at 6 p.m. Sunday at Point Park.
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