Family of 6-year-old killed in Houston Co. school bus crash speaks out
WARNER ROBINS, Ga. -- The family of 6-year-old Arlana Haynes -- who died on Jan. 29 in a Houston County school bus crash -- held a press conference Thursday afternoon, thanking law enforcement and the community for their support. They also detailed their night of the fatal crash.
Additionally, Haynes' parents and attorney say the next step is for them to receive results of the investigation.
Haynes was a first grader at Parkwood Elementary School in Warner Robins. The school bus crashed on the evening of Jan. 29 while making a curve on Forest Park Drive in Warner Robins.
In a statement read during the press conference, Haynes' mother Angelica Rose and father Christopher Haynes said -- that night -- they called the schools when Haynes didn't arrive home at her usual time. They were eventually told to go to Westside schools, where they were informed of the crash and Haynes' injuries.
When Haynes' parents arrived at the hospital, surgeons told them Arlana was in very critical condition. She had a fractured skull, while her legs were severed and needed amputated because of no blood flow. Haynes was then amputated up to the naval area, before she died at 1:09 a.m. on Jan. 30.
The investigation into the crash is still ongoing. Haynes' parents are waiting to receive the results before contacting Houston Co. schools.
"There are a lot of questions yet to be answered as to what happened on that bus," Thursday's statement read.
Rose said her and a friend are starting a petition for school buses to be required to have seat belts. It is not yet know if the bus had seat belts or not.
Haynes' parents thanked law enforcement and first responders for doing all they could on Jan. 29 to help Arlana.
Warner Robins Mayor Randy Toms spoke Thursday, saying "We hurt when our citizens hurt. Our hearts go out to ya’ll and we’ll do whatever we can to help you get through it.”
Haynes' funeral was held last Saturday, where family and friends wore purple, pink and white (Arlana's favorite colors) as they said goodbye.
Thursday, mother Angelica Rose called Arlana "sunshine in the rain," while father Christopher Haynes said: "She was the friendliest child you’d ever meet.”