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No charges in Pa. boy's accidental death

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 11, 2009
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EASTON, Pa. - The death of a 12-year-old boy who was hit by a bus outside school as he horsed around with friends was a tragic accident that does not warrant criminal charges, a prosecutor said yesterday.

Dakota Galusha was gently shoved by a 13-year-old friend and stumbled backward over a curb and under the rear wheels of the bus before class two weeks ago, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said.

"There is no evidence that the deceased and [the student] had any personal problems between them. To the contrary, it appears that they had a well-known, friendly relationship," Morganelli said.

The student's name was not released.

Dakota's mother had just dropped him off at Northampton Middle School outside Allentown when the accident occurred at about 7:15 a.m. on Jan. 26. The bus that hit Dakota was going 3 to 5 miles per hour as it approached the curb to drop students off.

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