Police have identified the nine-year-old girl fatally struck on Thursday by a public bus in Providence.
According to police, she was third-grader Ani Emdjian. She was walking to school with her father when she was hit, a little before 9 o'clock in the morning. She died at a hospital some time later.
The accident on Smith Street, just blocks from the statehouse, involved a Rhode Island Public Transit Authority bus. Police have now identified the driver as 42-year-old Eric Seaberg of Smithfield.
RIPTA officials have said they are cooperating with the police investigation. They said the driver had a good record and has been placed on administrative leave.
Friends of the girl's family have set up a crowdfunding account to help her parents, identified on the website GoFundMe as Marie McMillan and Osheen Emdjian. The plea for help describes Ani as "a brilliant light in the world" who brought great joy to her parents. By Saturday morning, the account had raised close to $40,000.