9-year-old DPS student among those killed in Pennsylvania bus crash


DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A 9-year-old girl who was killed in the bus crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike was a Dayton Public Schools student, a spokesperson confirmed to 2 NEWS.

Jaremy Vazquez, who was one of the five people who died in the crash, was a fourth-grade student at Ruskin Elementary School in Dayton. Vazquez was on the bus that was traveling from Rockaway, New Jersey to Cincinnati.

A family friend told 2 News, the girl was with her mother vising family in New York for the holidays. She said the two were on their way back to Dayton when their bus crashed.

Several donation jars are set up at Mexican grocery stores in Dayton to help pay for funeral expenses. You can find them at La Michoacana and La Tapatia stores. Featuring Vazquez’ photo, the jar has a note written in Spanish. The note says that from the earth, loved ones mourn but heaven has gained in angel.

Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli released a statement.

The Dayton Public School District and members of the Ruskin Elementary school family, where Jaremy Vazquez attended, are deeply saddened at the news of her passing. Jaremy was a fourth-grade student. Grief counselors were at Ruskin Elementary on Monday and Tuesday for students and staff.

Elizabeth Lolli, Superintendent of Dayton Public Schools

At least 60 people were also injured in the crash, which happened on a rural stretch of highway about 30 miles east of Pittsburgh.

The other victims include the 58-year-old bus driver, Shuang Qing Feng, of Queens, another passenger, Eileen Zelis Aria, 35, of the Bronx, and two UPS drivers, Daniel Kepner, 53, and Dennis Kehler, 49, according to the Westmoreland County coroner’s office.

2 NEWS is working to learn more and will have additional details as it becomes available.

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