Teen run over, killed by school bus ruled accidental

Teen run over, killed by school bus ruled accidental

By Charles Benson. CREATED Jul 25, 2012

MILWAUKEE- A 19-year old Milwaukee man run over by a school bus on the city's northwest side has been ruled an accident by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's office.

As police investigate what happened, a family is torn apart.

ViAnna Jordan wants to know what happened to her 19-year old son Alexander Haskins.

The accident happened near 89th and Carmen.

The grieving mother was also hoping to see her son after learning he had died.  "I just wanted to touch my son while he's still warm," said Jordan, "because they tell me when I see him again he will be in the morgue."

Police tell TODAY'S TMJ4 there's conflicting information about what exactly happened, but the early indication is that Haskins was holding onto an open window when he fell and was run over by the bus.

15 kids and two basketball coaches were on the school bus, including a cousin of Haskins.

That cousin got into an altercation with one of the children that was on the bus, and that cousin informed Haskins of the incident.

Police indicate Haskins tried to grab onto the moving bus, and apparently began swinging and trying to hit someone in the bus when he lost his grip on the bus's window and was run over.

Alex's large family talked about his bright future.

"One of your nephews that anyone would always want," said Kevin Jordan, Haskins' uncle.  "He wanted to be a police officer. He was a student at MATC."

Alex's mother is just trying understand why.

"Things were coming together.  They were happening for him but no one's will is greater than God's."

Police have talked to the school bus driver.  They say the driver did not do anything wrong and was not aware that someone was hanging onto the bus.


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