Mother shares story of son killed by school bus 8 years ago

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OREGON, Ohio (WTVG) -- Eight years after her 11-year-old son was killed while trying to catch the school bus, an Ohio mother is sharing her story as children prepare to head back to school.

Every charm on a bracelet around Nancy Takacs' wrist reminds her of her son, Austin.

On the morning of October 15, 2008, the sixth grader was headed to catch the school bus. It was the last thing he would ever do.

"It's very vivid. I see it. I can replay it in my mind, whenever I close my eyes," Takacs said.

Takacs said her son was late getting to his school bus stop. He was running to catch it when he was hit by the bus.

His mother witnessed the accident.

"It was just a split second. I seen it happen, I seen him go down,” she said. “I ran to him, thinking oh, he was just going to have a broken leg or something, not to ever imagine that he would pass away in my arms."

With the start of the new school year, many young children will be rushing to catch their bus.

The Ohio Department of Public Safety says by law, drivers must stay 10 feet away from school buses.

Also, drivers cannot pass a bus with flashing lights and a stop sign.

Students must also be vigilant when getting on and off the bus.

"The bus driver always cues the student when it’s safe to come across the street, to get on the bus, or if they are exiting the bus or if they need to cross the street," said Jenny Hansen, a Safe Routes to School coordinator.

"You just play everything in your mind and think, 'What I could have done different?'” Takacs said. “He would still be here, you know? He would be in college."

As heartbreaking as her son’s story is, Takacs said it's one she wants everyone to know.

"I don't want anybody to ever have to feel this pain."

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