SPRINGTOWN - A mother's anguished screams pierced the morning in Springtown as she saw her little boy killed by the school bus he was running to catch.
The bus struck and killed 10-year-old Haven Norton, who tripped and fell beneath the rear wheels as he was approaching the vehicle in Parker County Monday at 6:30 a.m., as it pulled away from the stop in front of his home on Hilltop Meadows Drive.
Investigators believe the driver didn't see the boy.
Next-door neighbor Danny Smith rushed to help and was first to arrive, but he said there was nothing he could do.
Smith, an Army veteran of Desert Storm, said nothing in the war troubled him as much as seeing the bus roll over the child. He said there was no time for Haven to suffer.
But enormous shock and grief grips his family.
"We are still trying to process that he won't be coming home from school," said Porscha Morgan, the boy's aunt.
Morgan described Haven as friendly and said he often woke up extra early to ride the bus.
"Everybody was family to him," she said.
There were four students and two adults aboard the bus at the time of the accident.
Springtown ISD Superintendent Mike Kelley said the driver is a two-year employee with a clean driving record. He said she is torn up emotionally, and is on administrative leave while DPS investigates.
A memorial fund has been established at Wells Fargo Bank account number 3238511579.