Friends honor woman killed in Kearns pedestrian crash

KEARNS (News4Utah) - Family friends of the woman hit and killed by a school bus Thursday morning are holding a fundraiser next week to help with funeral expenses.

Unified Police identified Becky Bell as the victim in the crash involving a Granite School District bus at 5400 South 5200 West in Kearns. Investigators said she was crossing the intersection alone around 7 a.m., near a UTA bus stop that she frequented.

"Apparently she didn't see the bus and the bus didn't see her," said Det. Ken Hansen with Unified Police Department.

Authorities said Bell died from injuries sustained from the crash. Two teenage special needs students were on the bus and no additional injuries were reported.

Ben Horsley with Granite School District said the bus driver involved in the crash has been working for 12 years with the district.

"The reality is the driver is part of our family. There's an aid on the bus that's part of our family. The victim herself was a mother of two children within Granite School District," said Horsley.

The bus driver has been place on administration leave during the investigation, in accordance with district protocol. Police said they are unsure whether the driver will face charges.

Bell leaves behind her husband, Kevin and two children. Already, community members are stepping in to support the family.

Jolyne Gailey and Bruce Butcher said they met Kevin and Becky about six months ago at the West Jordan Smith's that they manage. They said the Bells moved to the Kearns area recently.

"Becky's pretty much the sweetest person you would ever meet. She's not just pretty on the outside, she's pretty on the inside. She's a beautiful person," said Butcher.

Gailey and Butcher are holding a fundraiser next Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. to help with funeral expenses for Becky Bell. They will be selling $1 root beer floats at the Smith's on 7800 South 5600 West in West Jordan. They said 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the family.

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