Family schedules services for girl hit by school bus


The family of Kaylee Derks, the 11-year-old girl struck and killed by a school bus last week, will hold services today at a northwest valley church.

Visitation with the family will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Canyon Ridge Christian Church, 6200 W. Lone Mountain Road, near Jones Boulevard. Services, which are open to the public, will follow.

Kaylee was struck and killed by a school bus Friday after being dropped off moments before at a bus stop at Ann Road and Pebble Rock Drive, near U.S. Highway 95. The driver, Leslie Rice, 46, is on sick leave. Officials said he passed a drug and alcohol test at the scene of the 3:30 p.m. accident.

Las Vegas police are investigating the accident, and a department spokesman said Tuesday that detectives haven't finished their investigation. Kaylee was in the street when she was struck by the bus, which had turned into the neighborhood to continue its route.

On Monday, Clark County School District officials changed the bus route to avoid entering the neighborhood.

Kaylee's family released a statement Tuesday expressing thanks for the support from the community and the teachers and principal at Allen Elementary School, where the girl was a fifth-grader.

"Kaylee was a joy to all who knew her and will be forever missed, but we take comfort knowing she is now in heaven and that we will see her again one day soon," the family's statement said.

The Kaylee Derks Memorial Fund has been set up to help the family, with donations accepted at any Wells Fargo branch, according to the statement.

Contact reporter Lawrence Mower at lmower@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0440.

 

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