SOMERSET, Mass. (WPRI) — The parents of a legally blind 5-year-old are searching for answers after they say son was forgotten on a school transportation van.
Rana Lucich and Mario Borges said their son, Tristan, was on his way to daycare from school Monday afternoon when he was left alone in the van. Lucich said she didn’t know anything was wrong until the daycare called her and told her Tristian had not arrived.
“The only reason that they found him in the van was because his daycare was so persistent in noticing that he wasn’t there,” Lucich said. “I was panicking not knowing where he is, you know, and I felt like something was wrong.”
Eventually, Tristan was located and brought by the bus company to his daycare. Lucich said the whole ordeal lasted about an hour and they believe Tristian spent most of the time sitting in the van in the company’s parking lot.
“The thought of him being in a car, blind, he can’t even see anything, is just awful,” Lucich said. “He just said ‘Mommy, please don’t put me back in those vans. I don’t want to get forgotten in it again.'”
“She blatantly forgot my son in the back of the van and went home,” Borges said of the driver who he believes forgot Tristian was in the van. “It’s not like he was hiding in the back row. It’s not a bus, it’s a van.”
Borges and Lucich said only two other children ride in the van with their son. Those children, they said, were dropped off at daycare yesterday.
Now they hope telling their story will prevent this from happening to other children in the future.
“They need to fix their protocol,” Borges said. “Everybody’s pointing the finger at the driver, but there are 10 people at least that knew that Tristan was on that van.”
The transportation provider, Fisher Companies, refused to comment on the situation. Eyewitness News reached out to the Somerset School Department, but has yet to hear back.