Student killed in school bus crash that injured dozens identified

Community rallies to raise money for Northwestern family involved in tragedy.

Credit: Bill Lackey

Credit: Bill Lackey

The Northwestern Local Schools student who died in a school bus crash Tuesday was identified in court filings in the charges against the minivan driver who struck the bus, causing it to flip over.

Aiden Clark was identified as the student, but his age was not listed. He was killed when a 2010 Honda Odyssey at about 8:14 a.m. in the 4100 block of Troy Road (Ohio 41) at Lawrenceville near the German Twp. fire station, northwest of Springfield in Clark County went left of the center line into the path of the oncoming school bus.

Hermanio Joseph, 35, is charged with vehicular homicide in the incident. Joseph and a passenger in the minivan had non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Mercy Health - Springfield.

A fundraiser for the Clark family had garnered more than $48,000 in donations as of Wednesday afternoon.

Hundreds of donors expressed their condolences for the family.

“We are deeply sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine the pain that you are going through. Praying for strength and comfort during this time,” one donor said.

Aiden’s parents are both school teachers, according to Huber Heights Mayor Jeff Gore.

Danielle Clark teaches at Valley Forge Elementary School in Huber Heights, while Nathan Clark teaches in the Bethel school system in Miami County.

“The loss of a child is just unimaginable to most of us and every parent’s worst nightmare,” Gore wrote in a Facebook post. “I would ask all of you to please keep the Clarks in your prayers and close to your heart during this horrible time in their lives. We in Huber Heights are Warriors as is the district of Northwestern. From one Warrior community to the other … Our greatest condolences.”

The bus and van went off the side of the road, with the bus rolling over. Clark was ejected and died on the scene, and another suffered life-threatening injuries. Dozens more children were injured and taken to area medical centers for treatment.

The Northwestern Local Schools bus had 52 students and one driver aboard at the time of the crash.

The school bus was traveling west when the minivan going east went left of the center line and into the path of the oncoming school bus, according to OSHP. The bus driver attempted to avoid the Honda by driving onto the shoulder, but still collided with the minivan and flipped over off the road.

Northwestern Local Schools and events were closed Wednesday and Thursday.

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