Remembering student killed in bus accident

January 29, 2009 4:47:48 AM PST
It happened Monday morning, but this is still the very beginning of an excruciating journey for the middle school community in Northampton, PennsylvaniaEveryone is trying to cope with the death of 12-year-old Dakota Galusha.

Galusha was run over by a school bus, a freak accident that took place amid some horse play outside the Northampton Middle School.

His parents contacted Action News on Wednesday, hoping to tell everyone about their son.

"He was everything. He was the most amazing kid," said Dakota's mom Dina.

She says Dakota was an energetic, athletic, and thoughtful boy, looking forward to his birthday this weekend.

She dropped him off at Northampton Middle School on Monday morning.

"He talked the whole time, the whole time we talked," Dina said. "He won't give me a kiss good-bye anymore, which I understand," Dina said.

Dakota went to play with some friends along the bus line, and lost his balance. He fell beneath a bus, and was run over.

His mom, having just dropped him off, got a call to head to the hospital.

Dina Galusha learned Dakota's fate when she arrived.

"I knew he was gone," she said.

The Galushas don't blame the bus driver, they don't blame the school, they don't blame Dakota's friends for horsing around that day. They don't blame anyone. They just wish it didn't have to happen this way.

"We read everything that says "God needed him," and "He's in a better place," and we know something is, amazingly, going to come out of this. I'm angry because He took him the way He did," Dina said.

The Galushas showed us Dakota's room. It's a shrine to his favorite team, the Giants.

They say their community has overwhelmed them with support. It seems Dakota touched a lot of people in his short life, particularly his younger sister, Ryan.

"There was no favorite thing. I loved everything about him," Ryan said.

The Northampton County District Attorney is meeting with detectives on Friday to see how he will proceed in the investigation.

Dakota's death was ruled a homicide, but no charges have been announced.

The family will bury Dakota on Saturday.

He would have turned 13 on Sunday.

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