Denver bus driver saves barefoot toddler from busy roadway

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DENVER — A bus driver is being praised this Christmas for saving a child she found walking barefoot on South Parker Road in southeast Denver over the weekend.

Rashida Way-Smith is a bus driver for MV Transportation, which contracts with RTD. On Saturday morning, she was traveling her route along South Parker Road near East Dartmouth Avenue when she noticed a small child, who Way-Smith believes was around 2 years old, walking in the roadway.

“I just stopped my vehicle and put on my hazard lights, jumped out and waved to traffic to let them know something was going on, ran around and grabbed her and brought her to my bus,” Way-Smith said.

Way-Smith said the child was a mess.

“Barefoot, no shoes, no socks on. Her diaper was pretty soiled,” the bus driver explained.

Way-Smith called dispatch at her office, then contacted Denver police. She said Denver police took the child after they interviewed her.

“I feel like if I wasn’t there at that moment, she could have gotten run over,” Way-Smith said.

Denver police told us they investigated the incident and found no criminal violations. They said the child was reunited with the mother.

“Since it involves a juvenile and there does not appear to be a criminal component, I can tell you we investigated and did not find a criminal component,” Denver police said in an email.

Way-Smith was baffled to learn that, but is glad the child is OK.

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