HOUSTON (FOX 26) - An HISD school bus driver is dead. She was killed outside of the HISD bus depot on Fairway Drive in Southeast Houston
Kaouta Domingue was headed to work Wednesday morning when investigators say she was attacked and killed by her husband right on the road outside HISD’s school bus depot. Detectives say the husband then carjacked another school bus driver who came over to help.
“It’s a sad day today,” says Wretha Thomas, President of the Houston Educational Support Personnel.
Before daybreak, witnesses watched helplessly as the 30-year-old driver was behind the wheel of her personal car, heading to work, while fighting off an attacker. She ultimately smashed her car into a ditch. According to Houston police, it was Domingue's husband who was in the car her. Detectives say he killed her just before she made it to the bus depot.
"We are concerned and we want to encourage all of our employees, parents and our students and anyone suffering from domestic violence please reach out and get help,” says HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan.
Investigators say with his wife dying in the car, Domingue’s husband then carjacked one of her coworkers. "Took another bus driver's car that stopped to check on her and he jumped in the car and left,” says Thomas.
Several people who rushed to help say Domingue had clearly been shot or stabbed, so they called 911, but when paramedics arrived she had already passed.
”We’re working with counselors. We’re working with our own Employee Assistance Program within the district to make sure we give the type of support to each employee who may be going through a situation that is unknown to us,” adds HISD Interim GM of Transportation John Wilcots.
Domingue's parents are actually former HISD school bus drivers. She drove for Lockhart Elementary and has been with the district seven years. “She was always pleasant, sweet, the kids loved her,” says Thomas.
"She had a very gentle, kind spirit, always willing to help and really the smile was something that always radiated from her every time she came to work,” adds Wilcots.
The carjacked bus driver’s stolen vehicle has been found, but Domingue’s killer is still on the loose. HISD plans to provide information to all employees regarding getting help to get out of a violent relationship. We're told the district is working on scheduling a prayer vigil Friday to honor the bus driver.