A school bus hit a pedestrian early Tuesday morning, according to Lubbock Police. LPD said it happened in the area of 19th Street and Alcove Avenue around 6:30 a.m. On Tuesday afternoon, Lubbock Police provided an update with the name of the pedestrian.
“The pedestrian involved in this morning’s crash has been identified as 52-year-old Ginger Barnes,” police said.
Earlier in the day, police said, “The pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene.”
“There were students on the bus at the time of the crash. No one on the bus was injured,” police said.
LPD Accident Investigators were called to the scene. They closed the eastbound lanes of 19th Street at Alcove Avenue and at Inler Avenue. Westbound lanes remained open.
The bus belongs to Levelland Independent School District which provided the following statement:
From: Jeff Northern, Levelland ISD Superintendent:
As the designated spokesperson and Superintendent for the Levelland Independent School District, I am issuing the following statement:
At approximately 6:30 a.m. today, February 12, 2019, the Levelland ISD administration was informed that one of its school buses carrying 15 students to an out-of-town extracurricular activity had been involved in an accident involving a pedestrian. The school bus was traveling eastbound on Highway 114/19th Street when it struck a pedestrian near the intersection of Highway 114 and Alcove Street in Lubbock. It is the District’s understanding that the pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. None of the Levelland ISD students nor the bus driver or coach were injured in the incident.
Following their providing witness statements to law enforcement, all LISD students were transported back to Levelland by the District where they and their families have been offered counselling and support services by the District.
Federal and state privacy laws prohibit the District from disclosing any personally identifiable student information. The District is cooperating with Lubbock law enforcement as it continues its investigation into the accident.
The entire Levelland ISD community is deeply saddened by this event. The superintendent asks that we offer our prayers and support for the family of the pedestrian who was involved in this unfortunate accident.