Family of girl hit, killed by bus reacts to driver’s 1-year jail sentence

Posted at 9:47 PM, Oct 01, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-01 23:47:04-04

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah --The Crosby family chose not to be at court for Troy Daniels' sentencing Wednesday morning. Daniels was charged with class A misdemeanors and sentenced to one year in jail; he was driving the school bus 10-year-old Seleny Crosby had gotten off of before she was hit and killed crossing the street to head home.

FOX 13 News spoke with the girl's father, David Crosby, after the punishment was handed down. He said he is still very upset over the entire situation. Obviously, angry over losing is daughter, and he said he's upset Daniels didn't face a stiffer penalty.

Crosby told FOX 13: "I don't hate him. I hate what he did. I hate what he did, I don't hate the guy."

He went on to say, "The main problem was the operator of the bus, because he is the one who neglected the kids."

Crosby said he doesn’t feel like the sentence fits the action.

"I believe that's too lenient because my daughter was killed,” he said.

But through the pain, Crosby said there is a morsel of relief that Daniels will face the consequences of his actions that April day.

"Not satisfied, not happy, but again the portion of the justice has been completed," Crosby said.

With justice served, Crosby said his family is focused on trying to move forward in Seleny's honor.

"She wants us to be... at least try to be happy, that's what we are trying to do, trying to go to a normal life,” he said. “But not having her every day, every hour, every minute, every second, is hard.”

Crosby has written a letter to Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes asking him to pursue additional charges against Daniels. FOX 13 News reached out to the AG's Office for comment, but our calls were not returned.

Crosby said his family has plans to move back to Texas, where they lived before moving to Utah.