The tragedy of Fernanda Pacheco Ferraz, a 13-year-old schoolgirl from Rio de Janeiro, has shocked the nation after her death resulting from a freak accident.
As she left the Professor Carlos Côrtes State College, Fernanda, who was sat at the back of the bus, leaned out of the window to wave goodbye to her classmates. What happened next would prove to be fatal. As the driver swerved to avoid oncoming traffic in a narrow street, Fernanda hit a pole near the curb fatally wounding her head.
The bus driver stopped immediately he was informed of the accident and passengers clambered off to alert medical personnel, but it was too late for the young girl who only wanted to say goodbye to her classmates in a gesture of love and friendship.
Fernanda’s death has sparked outrage as to what safety measures need to be taken in order to prevent such senseless accidents from occurring in the future.
Local bus driver, a 13-year veteran of Nova Faol, took quick action when Fernanda, a high school student who was riding the bus, suddenly announced she was feeling ill and slumped forward. The driver alerted both local authorities and the firm’s management notifying them of the situation. Tragically, by the time first responders arrived on the scene Fernanda had already passed away.
In response to the unexpected event, Nova Faol released a statement expressing its “deep regret and sadness” and promised to cooperate with the ongoing investigation.
In addition, Seeduc’s Secretary of Education issued a condolence note in which he expressed his sympathies for “the immense pain of the family and the entire school community” and announced a suspension of school for two days as a period of mourning.
Fernanda was laid to rest at Trilha do Céu cemetery, Thursday evening at 4:30pm. Her passing has left a hole in the hearts of friends, family, and everyone within the community.