Bus driver charged in deadly crash into pedestrian

- Just a few more yards and Rosario Barillas would have made it to work at a child care center where she has been employed for three years.

One co-worker asked FOX 26 News not to show her face to hide her tears.

"She was like a mom here," said the co-worker. "I don't know what we are going to do without her."

Instead, as Barillas was getting off Houston METRO bus 86, which was parked at the stop on Peakwood Drive, another bus coming from Red Oak Drive rounded the corner and slammed into her.

"They tried to check her out and there was nothing they could do," said a witness who requested not to be identified. "Her chest was cracked. Her arm was messed up and they couldn't do CPR. I don't know."

Barillas never had a chance. After reviewing the footage from the onboard cameras on the bus, the driver of the second bus, 27-year veteran operator Octavio Martinez, was charged with criminally negligent homicide.

"The video shows that he waited for one car to get past him going in the opposite direction and he turned into oncoming traffic," said Sean Teare with the Harris County District Attorney's Office.

Employees tell FOX 26 that Barrillas was active in her church. She ran every day and held two jobs. They say they will miss her. The children will miss her even more, that is when the terrible news is broken to them.

"They don't know yet," said Barilla's co-worker. "We're not saying anything right now. Today, we're not saying anything."

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