Family of Struck Child Pushes for Tougher Laws

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The parents of a 5-year-old struck and killed by a vehicle after he got off a school bus want to push for tougher laws in such cases.

Nathan Key, a kindergarten students at North Jones Elementary School, was hit Dec. 11 as he crossed the road.

Authorities charged Dominic Gebben with manslaughter and felony fleeing the scene shortly after the incident.

Andy and Lori Key told The Laurel Leader-Call that the laws for passing stopped school buses should be stronger and all buses should be equipped with cameras to help identify those who pass school buses.

Under state law, a motorist who fails to stop for a school bus faces up to a $5,000 fine and three years in prison.


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  • by Anonymous on Dec 17, 2009 at 02:54 PM
    simple put cameras on the buses they go on when lights are on slap the drivers with 2 points on their lenience and $500. fine... they are involved with this then hit them with first degree manslaughter..
  • by shonta Location: meridian on Dec 17, 2009 at 02:35 PM
    This is such a tragedy. My heart goes out to the parents of this young child. I agree that that the penalty should be a whole lot stiffer for people that disregard the law and then try to get away with it. This was a innocent child that lost their life because someone being impatient and disregarding the law. My heart goes out to the family. I will continue to keep ya'll in my prayers. God Bless!!!!!
  • by sharyn Location: meridian on Dec 17, 2009 at 02:21 PM
    My heart felt sympathy goes to this family, there is no excuse for driving like there is no tomorrow i see this everyday. I am so sorry for your loss.
  • by Parent\2 kids that ride bus Location: Meridian on Dec 17, 2009 at 02:20 PM
    I live out in the county and have witnessed cars passing stopped school buses. My heart sinks every time I see this and the cars are moving to fast to get a licence plate #. I agree to stiffer penalties for people with so little disregard. My prayers are with the family of the 5yr old. My babies are 10 and 12. They ride the bus every day and the fear of the bus having an accident is enough to worry about.
  • by Mia Location: Philadelphia on Dec 17, 2009 at 12:03 PM
    I hope that the Keys are reading this message. I send my deepest condolences to the Keys. I applaud the efforts for stricter laws to protect our children. Bravo, Keys, bravo! I pray that the laws final catch up to the crimes.
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