A 17-year-old Bentonville High student's condition was upgraded to serious Monday at a Springfield, Mo., hospital, officials said. She had been in critical condition since school bus hit her as she was walking across the road at 14th and P streets late last week.
She still remains in the neuro-intensive care unit at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, officials said.
Megan Zandra Davis was struck by a bus Oct. 4 at 4:02 p.m., shortly after classes ended at the high school, officials said. She was rushed to Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville in critical condition before being airlifted to Mercy Hospital in Springfield, hospital officials said.
The driver has been suspended with pay while administrators review the facts, said Michael Poore, superintendent.
Twenty-four students were onboard the bus during the accident; 19 students were from Lincoln Junior High School and the other five were from Bentonville High School. Counselors from both schools were on-hand Friday to help students and parents deal with the bus crash.
“We got a list of those students,” said Lincoln Junior High School Principal, Jonathon Guthrie. “I talked with our counselor last night and we came up with a plan and we contacted all of those parents this morning of all of the students that were involved in the accident.”
Poore said the district is also reaching out to students closest to the victim.
“You can`t just say here`s the next 24 hours,” Poore said. “There may be some things that students have staff have to work and deal with over the next week or two weeks. This is a severe accident so we will need to be aware of that and support the kids.”
The Bentonville Police Department closed Highway 102 down to one lane each way while investigating and set up accident reconstruction, police said.
Police said they did not yet fully know whether the bus had struck the student or whether the student was actually run over.