EL PASO, Texas (CBS4) -- A parent was killed and three children were hospitalized after they were struck by a vehicle in front of Tippin Elementary in west El Paso, according to El Paso Independent School District police.
The incident happened after school around 3:15 p.m. at the school.
The driver was taken into custody.
The school district said the driver was a man who was picking up his grandchildren when he accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brakes, hitting the three students and the woman who had just picked up her children.
“He inadvertently struck the accelerator and that’s very preliminary as far as our investigation at this time.," said EPISD police chief, Victor Araiza.
Araiza said the woman who was killed was trying to stop the driver from backing up and was trying to warn him that there were kids.
EPISD Superintendent Juan Cabrera released the following statement:
This is a day you never anticipate and are never prepared for. In times such as these, we are grateful for our community support and will lean on each other for strength. We continue to pray for our students and the families involved.
Tippin Elementary School is located on 6541 Bear Ridge Dr.
Monday was the first day of school for students at the El Paso Independent School District. Superintendent Juan Cabrera went to Tipping Elementary following the incident.
Part of Bear Ridge is closed.
EPISD released a statement and said counseling will be offered will be available to students at the school tomorrow.
“We will work throughout the night to make sure that we are prepared for the students tomorrow. Most importantly is that I want to make sure our kids are able to get through this and that our parents are bringing their kids to our schools understand that we are doing everything we possibly can to keep them safe," said Araiza.