Elderly woman killed after being struck by school bus La Puente
LOS ANGELES - An elderly woman died after being struck by a school bus in La Puente.
According to California Highway Patrol, the 76-year-old woman – later identified by family as Blanca Arcelia Guerrero – was walking northbound on North Unruh Avenue, just south of Fairgrove Avenue, when the school bus struck her.
Guerrero ultimately died from the crash. No one in the bus was injured; it is unknown if any children were inside the bus at the time of the collision.
Guerrero was a mother of six. Her daughters, Yvonne Torres, Hazel Guerrero and Sandy Medrano said the family is inconsolable over the sudden loss.
"The impact was so intense, it fractured her elderly body. It caused her to fall to the ground which broke her skull and she died instantly. Our last memory with our mother is seeing her poor lifeless body in the mortuary but she looked as beautiful as we can remember her," said Torres.
Torres said her mom was a healthy 76-year-old woman who lived in the area, and would always go on daily walks. She said her mom was walking in the crosswalk.
"She almost made it to the end of the crosswalk. She just had a couple of steps. Why couldn't they just wait? That second could have given us more years that we needed with her. To her [Blanca Guerrero] unknowingly, it was her last walk she would ever walk," said Torres.
CHP says alcohol and/or drugs are not suspected to be a factor in the crash. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
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Anyone with information is encouraged to contact investigating Officer W. Benson at the California Highway Patrol, Baldwin Park Area at (626) 338-1164.