Bus company issues statement following death of child on school bus

News 12 New Jersey previously reported about the death of 6-year-old Fajr Williams, whom officials say became unresponsive when the harness of her wheelchair obstructed her airway.

Matt Trapani

Jul 21, 2023, 9:03 PM

Updated 326 days ago

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A school bus company has issued a statement following the death of a student on one of its school buses and the subsequent criminal charges against an employee.
News 12 New Jersey previously reported about the death of 6-year-old Fajr Williams, whom officials say became unresponsive when the harness of her wheelchair obstructed her airway. School bus monitor Amanda Davila is facing second-degree manslaughter charges. Davila worked for Montauk Transit Service.
Company president John Mensch has now commented on the situation.
"We at Montauk Transit are all devastated by the loss of Fajr. We all extend our deepest condolences to the family and are grieving as a Company,” Mensch wrote.
The statement continued, “All of our employees know that the safety of children we transport is our top priority, which is why we are fully engaged in the law enforcement investigation and support any punishment that the justice system determines appropriate."
Davila is also facing second-degree child endangerment charges. She is expected in court on Tuesday.


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