School board to vote on student death lawsuit

Tampa, Florida -- The Hillsborough County School District is expected to vote on whether to settle with the family of a special needs child who died on a school bus.

On January 25, 2012, Isabella Herrera's mother Lisa boarded her 7-year-old daughter's school bus to find the child lifeless.

Ultimately, it was Lisa -- not the bus aide or driver -- who called 911 for help. On the school bus' surveillance video, Lisa can be heard crying out to 911, "I need an ambulance, my daughter is not breathing! She's blue!"

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Her parents said Isabella suffered from a neurological disorder and on the school bus ride home from Sessums Elementary. The child's wheelchair was not tilted back -- as required -- and it caused her head to bob back and forth.

Isabella died the following day.

Her family filed a lawsuit against the school board for negligence. They want the district to pay them $800,000 in a settlement.

The decision will be made at today's school board meeting at 3 p.m.

Raw footage of Isabella Herrera's bus ride:


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