The bus accident and injury lawyers of Crossen Kooi have learned that a
five year old Indianapolis Lighthouse Charter student, Donasty Smith,
5, and her bus driver, Thomas Spencer II, 60, of Indianapolis, were
fatally injured this morning when their bus inexplicably hit a concrete overpass support.
Witnesses and investigators are baffled at what cause the school bus to
strike the support as the vehicle had been traveling normally prior to
the impact with the bridge. Public Information officer for the Indianapolis
police indicated “[t]he bus had completed its rounds and was on
its way to school. For some reason, it struck the bridge here”.
Ten more students were injured in the bus accident, with two boys suffering
from critical injuries. Four people had to be extricated from the bus.
The two boys remaining in critical condition were transferred to Riley
After officials were able to contact the decedent’s family, the driver’s,
Spencer, family released a statement noting , “He was a good man
who cared about the kids he drove and was committed to getting them to
The uninjured students on the bus at the time of the crash were were placed
in another bus and taken to school, which was only a few short blocks
from the scene of the bus crash. Indianapolis Lighthouse Charter School
dismissed classes early, and asked parents to come to the school to get
their children. In doing so, Principal Kelli Marshall and Principal Ryan
Gall released the following statement:
“Indianapolis Lighthouse Charter School is deeply saddened by the
injuries and loss of life that occurred this morning during a tragic school
bus accident. As the safety of our students is the primary concern at
Lighthouse, this tragedy has hit our school hard. We share the pain felt
by so many and grieve with the families of the students and bus driver
According to reports, the bus was owned and operated by Miller Transportation.
Miller operated as a private entity under contract with Lighthouse Charter
to provide bus service for students.