Mother of injured children says she complained about bus stop location

Published: Oct. 22, 2016 at 10:48 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 23, 2016 at 1:53 AM EDT
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Lakeisha Johnson and Lanita Gant (Source: Todd Hoyer, WAVE 3 News)
Lakeisha Johnson and Lanita Gant (Source: Todd Hoyer, WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The mother of two children hit by an SUV while waiting for their school bus says she had complained about the stop being too dangerous before.

"I can't trust the school system to keep my kids safe or at least get to a safer bus stop," said Lakeisha Johnson.

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Johnson's children - Jaquan , 10, and Vanessa, 9 - both in elementary school and she says are still struggling after being hit by the Cadillac Escalade.

Jaquan is doing better, Johnson said, but Vanessa is still in intensive care in a medically induced coma. Johnson said there are still a lot of tests to run on Vanessa to see what they long term effects will be.

Johnson said she called the Jefferson County Public schools to complain about the bus stop a year ago, and then called again to have it moved. They now hope the bus stop is moved to prevent this from happening again.

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"The stop is not far enough from the light in the event you do have some last timers trying to catch that light," said Lanita Gant, a family friend.

Johnson said her The family says they are thankful for the support from the community has shown.


A third child was also injured in the crash while waiting for the bus. As of Friday that child was listed in serious condition.

In a previous interview JCPS told us they evaluate their bus stops all of the time and that they has not heard of any issues with this bus stop before.

The family has set up a go fund me page to help with their medical expenses

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