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Bus stop safety concerns arise after deadly hit-and-run

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WAPATO, Wash.-- Questions are now being raised about the safety of bus stops in the Wapato School District after last weeks deadly hit-and-run.

11 year-old Joey Mcfarland was hit by a truck and killed while crossing the road at a school bus stop. The roadway speed limit is 55 miles an hour.

We spoke with school district officials and parents about the issue today.

Parents say they're upset, the safety of their kids should come first, and they want to know what's being done to fix the problem.

"Safety is always a paramount goal of Wapato Public Schools now matter what the issue is and this is a very tragic situation," said Superintendent Becky Imler.

Questions are now being raised on the safety of bus stops in the Wapato School District.

Superintendent Imler says they were never told that stop was unsafe until it was too late.

"That stop, we believed was safe and that we had, I mean we always have our bus stops be the safest that we can make them," she said.

Imler says the district has several ways of determining where to place stops, but they count on parents and bus drivers for information.

"We have parents call when they have a concern about a bus stop, absolutely and we welcome those calls and encourage them if there's a concern," said Imler.

So now the district is working on a plan to  fix what is now a deadly bus stop.

"This morning I had staff out in the area that were monitoring that road," she said.

Imler says the loss has been hard on everyone and she wants parents to know the she and the district are working hard to try and make sure this doesn't happen again.

"We are here to support the education of their children and to keep their children safe. And our families trust us with that and that's one of the reasons we jump right on top of it. We do take this very seriously," said Imler.

Washington State Patrol is still looking for that hit-and-run suspect. The vehicle is described as a small, silver or grey pickup truck, similar to a Chevy S-10.

Superintendent Imler says the process is now underway to make a change to that deadly bus stop, so no other child is hurt or killed.

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