Ben Franklin student, 17, dies after being struck by school bus in City Park, NOPD says

Published: Jun. 3, 2023 at 5:50 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A 17-year-old student was struck and fatally injured by a school bus Saturday (June 3) inside City Park.

New Orleans police said a bus driver was heading eastbound in the 100 block of Zachary Taylor Drive at 3:04 p.m. when the teenager “walked in front of the bus and was struck.” The teen was taken for emergency treatment but was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The National Foundation of Temple Youth Southern identified the teen as Belle Adelman-Cannon.

Friends told Fox 8 that Belle was a Benjamin Franklin High School student who would have been entering senior year this fall.

“Today our thoughts and prayers are with the Adelman-Cannon family. Our hearts are heavy with sorrow as we remember the life that was lost and the impact that was made during their brief time with us. May their memory be a blessing,” said Aaron Bloch of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans.

Funeral arrangements are pending but that family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Belle’s memory to the Henry S. Jacobs Camp.

Police classified the death as a fatal accident and the 34-year-old bus driver was not cited or arrested.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information relevant to the case is urged to contact the NOPD at (504) 821-2222 or provide anonymous tips through Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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