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Teen pedestrian killed after being struck by school bus

Sodany "April" Phann Sodany "April" Phann
Family members and friends place a memorial near the scene of the accident Family members and friends place a memorial near the scene of the accident
Emergency crews respond to a Liberty Township neighborhood early Monday morning Emergency crews respond to a Liberty Township neighborhood early Monday morning

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - A high school sophomore was struck and killed by a school bus Monday morning in Butler County.

Family members say Sodany "April" Phann, 15, was killed around 6:30 a.m. as she was crossing the street in the 4800 block of Long Drive. She was a student at Lakota East High School.

The Butler County Sheriff's Office says Phann was struck when she was walking to her bus stop, but the bus that hit her was not the one she rode.

The bus that struck her was a special needs bus with one student on it. Officials with Petermann bus company say the driver has been a bus driver for 23 years and had a spotless record. The name of the school bus driver has not been released. 

Petermann bus officials say the bus was going about 5 miles per hour at the time of the accident, and it was raining and still dark.

"The investigation will have to tell us why the child was where she was," said Keith Harms, safety director for Petermann.

Phann was going to turn 16 on April 1. Her mother said she planned a trip to Cambodia for her daughter's Sweet 16.

"She didn't ask for anything, didn't ever want anything," Phann's mother said.

Family members say Phann wanted to be a doctor, and had received letters from several colleges.

Phann's uncle witnessed the incident, and through tears, said that he saw Phann get struck, and then waved the driver down to stop.

Grief counselors are at Lakota East on Monday. Family members and neighbors have also set up a memorial near the scene of the accident.

The incident remains under investigation.

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