Emory Sayre got off a school bus in front of her home when she was hit and ran away.
DALLAS – The family of a 6-year-old who was hit and killed by a school bus in Parker County has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the school district, the bus vendor and the manufacturer.
In late April, Tori Sayre was at work when she got a call about her daughter, Emory.
“Her voice was frantic, and she said, ‘Tori, you need to go home, Amy has been hit by a bus,'” Sayre said.
A report from the Texas Department of Public Safety found Sayre was hit by a bus that had just left in front of her home.
His two brothers witnessed the incident. The lawsuit by Richardson Kaudelka, LLP states that she was crushed by both the right front and rear tires and was taken to hospital for treatment.
“The doctor came in and he looked at me and he said, ‘I’m sorry, you know, she – she didn’t come.’ I had no reaction at the time. I just stood there and looked at him,” Sayre said. “I sat there for about 30 minutes. Just staring.”
Her husband, Sean Sayre, was in Kansas on work and was driving back when she passed.
“I didn’t – never even talked to him,” said Sean.
Tori says she didn’t leave her bedroom for a week in a mix of denial and sadness.
“She was a tomboy while all things fell. She’s playing tackle football in a tutu and a Billion bracelet,” she said.
The bus driver has not been arrested. The family’s lawsuit claims that the district failed to keep the buses in safe condition and failed to hire and train its driver. It also blames school bus manufacturer, Blue Bird, and vendor, Rush Truck Centers of Texas, for manufacturing and selling a bus deemed unsafe due to a lack of safety equipment.
The 2021 model Blue Bird bus did not have cameras, sensors or a front crossing arm. All available options were and have been for years.
“I want change and unfortunately most of the time these companies don’t start listening until you start affecting their bottom line,” Sean Sayre said.
“Every vehicle on the road today has very basic safety features that could have prevented this,” Attorney Kevin Koudelkah said. “Those should not be an option. It should be standard equipment, like a seat belt.”
Since the fatal accident, Brock ISD has added crossing arms to the buses.
Attorney Nick Rodriguez said, “A few dollars in mass-producing buses would have mattered but a few dollars could have saved Emory’s life.”
“It took them to actually spend money on that,” Sean Sayre said.
Now, Sayres no longer lets her kids ride buses, even for field trips. They want accountability, change and for April 25 this never happened.
“You don’t notice how many school buses you see in a day until something like this happens. It’s like they annoy us,” Tori Sayre said. “That day could have been incredibly different and our lives could still have been fine and they are no longer there.”