Mother And Principal of Forsyth Co. Boy Killed At School Bus Stop Speak

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  • (L,R) Hasani Wesley and his grandfather. Hasani was killed at his school bus stop by an SUV.
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  • Winston-Salem, NC -- Thursday, 6th grader, Hasani Wesley was supposed to be celebrating the last day before winter break at East Forsyth Middle School.

    Instead, troopers say a driver hit and killed the 11-year-old boy while he was crossing the street to get on the school bus.

    His family tells News 2, his mother, Odina Wesley, hasn't eaten since her son's death.

    She's in shock, fighting for the strength to go on, and she's finding it in Hasani.

    "I think it's Hasani. His spirit. I just want people to know who Hasani was and how much he impacted everybody's lives," said Wesley, whose eyes give away the pain of a grieving mother.

    "I'm just feeling really empty. My heart aches. I really feel and I truly believe that my son should be here."

    Wesley feels like she's living in hell. 

    It started Wednesday morning.

    "We were running a little late...I told Hasani, 'Hasani, you're late," Wesley explained. She says she went upstairs to get ready to take her son to school.

    "And I heard the impact, boom! And then I just stopped. I came downstairs and I called his name, 'Hasani!' He wasn't here."

    Wesley says she looked outside her door and saw a school bus and thought her son was safe.

    "So I'm looking, I noticed that the bus wasn't moving. And I looked again and I saw two shadows, because it was dark. [I saw] two children running toward my home and they were screaming: 'Hasani got hit! Hasani got hit!' and that's when I ran out," Wesley recalled.

    She says she found her son face-down on Old Hollow Road, also known as Highway 66; just steps from the bus that was supposed to be taking him to school that morning.

    "I knew it was a bad hit. I knew it was pretty severe," she said.

    Wesley says Hasani was hit so hard his book bag and shoes were knocked off.

    "I tried to breath into him twice. But as I proceeded, his mouth was filled with blood. I couldn't' really get an airway," she said. She's also a nurse. "[The doctors] couldn't' save him."

    "He was a great boy. He impacted so many lives. Everyone loves Hasani."

    And the two makeshift memorials that have popped up at the crash site and in front of the school tell the same story - of a boy loved by many.

    "Hasani was a young man that he was everybody's friend; there was not a student here or adult here that Hasani would not engage with," said Principal Dossie Poteat.

    Poteat says the students made cards and wrote poems for Hasani's family.

    "It's better today. There are smiles today. There are joyful words and happiness, but there are still tears."

    Hasani's family is asking the community for just one thing - witnesses.

    Wesley says investigators told her the driver's story and the bus driver's story don't match, but witnesses can help end the investigation. 

    Hasani's mother says the driver told investigators the school bus lights were not activated. 

    New 2 called the school district and they say a computer system in the bus shows the driver did activate the lights and stop arm around the time of the accident.

    Billy Bailey, the accused driver, has yet to be formally charged.

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