Lakeview Reacts To Morales Arrest
February 21, 2008, 10:27 PM
Hours before the prayer service, the woman who was driving a van that hit the bus, causing it to tip over, was arrested. Twenty-three-year-old Alianiss Morales did not have a driver's licence; she's being held for Criminal Vehicular Operation.
No formal charges have been brought against Alianiss Morales; those could come as early as Friday morning, depending on how many witness statements the Lyon County Attorney can get. People who attended Thursday night's prayer service think she should be behind bars, because she was driving without a license.
Cars lined up as the community came together. Hundreds of people walked into the Lakeview School Thursday night to remember four lives that ended too soon. But some feel Tuesday's fatal crash and Thursday's service could have been avoided.
2006 Lakeview graduate Anita Olson says, "Without her driving we would have four kids in school today."
The Minnesota Department of Motor Vehicles confirms 23 year old Alianiss Morales did not have a driver's license when her van hit the Lakeview School bus.
Lakeview 7th grader Miranda Donner says, "I'm kind of sad because she has to live with the guilt with killing four innocent children but still she shouldn't have done that."
Seventh grader Miranda Donner lost two classmates in the bus crash, 13 year old Jesse Javens, and 12 year old Reed Stevens.
Donner says, "I'm just kinda getting over the loss of Jesse and Reed. It's just been hard, but I've got people to get through it."
As people gathered to remember everyone impacted by the crash, some wondered if it all could have been prevented.
Olson says, "She didn't have a license and it's ridiculous that that happened, four lives are lost and they're wonderful lives and it's sad."
If Morales is formally charged Friday morning her first court appearance would be at eleven-thirty.
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