Family of 6-year-old killed while waiting for bus visits school; driver identified

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WAUSHARA COUNTY, Wis. (WMTV) -- The family of the six-year-old girl killed when she was struck by a pickup in Waushara County visited the girl's school on Tuesday, as the community continues to grieve for her loss.

A school bus drives away during the crash investigation on Highway 73. Officials tell us a car passing the school bus hit two children, killing one (WBAY photo)

Family members identified the six-year-old as Maryana Kranz. Her mother, grandmother, sisters and other family members all met with a counselor at the Tri-County Area School District in Plainfield, where she went to school, on Tuesday.

Kranz's sister, 4 years old, was also hit by the truck. She was released from the hospital on Monday and is now back home with her family.

The Tri-County Area School District on Tuesday thanked community members and neighboring schools for their financial support to the family - including a 9-year-old with terminal cancer, who insisted on re-donating all of the money given to his family to Kranz’s family.

READ: Six-year-old waiting for school bus killed by pickup truck in Waushara Co.


In an update Tuesday, the Waushara County Sheriff’s Office released the name of a 76-year-old driver of the pickup truck that hit the girls.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Carl Mullenix was driving his Chevrolet Silverado truck along Highway 73 in the Town of Oasis Monday morning.

Just after 7 a.m., Kranz and her 4-year-old sister crossed the street to board their school bus, parked on the side of the road, when Mullenix's pickup hit them.

The Sheriff's Office said that Mullenix had been driving on the shoulder of the road, on the right side of the bus. Investigators have said the bus’s safety lights were flashing at the time.

The kindergartner was pronounced dead at the scene, while her sister was taken to a nearby hospital, where she was treated for minor injuries and released, the Sheriff’s Office stated.

The Sheriff’s Office has not confirmed the four-year-old's name at this time.

Seven other students were already on the bus at the time of the crash, school officials said.