San Bernardino Police Probe Death Of Teen With Autism Who Succumbed After Fight On School Bus

SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA.com) —   Police in San Bernardino are investigating the death of an 18-year-old who succumbed following a fight on a school bus.

Officials have identified the teen as Anthony Corona.

CBS2’s Jeff Nguyen reported the teen — who had autism — died following a fight on the bus early Friday evening on his way home from school.

Investigators believe Corona got into with another student and school workers who had to restrain him with the help of the bus driver.

At one point, police say the teen passed out.

Police said the school employees gave Corona CPR and called for medical help. Neighbors, near the corner of H and Victoria Streets in San Benardino, say they saw the bus pull over at around 5:45 p.m.

Witnesses told Nguyen they then saw paramedics take a young man off the bus, give him CPR – before driving him away with lights and sirens.

Doctors later declared Corona dead at St. Bernadine’s Medical Center.

Nguyen reported that Corona was a student at Bright Futures Academy in Riverside which serves special needs students.

A relative told him over the phone that Corona had attended this school since he was a child.

Today the school sent issued a statement saying, in part,”Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family. Words cannot begin to express the sadness they must be feeling right now. The staff and management loved Anthony and will support the family in this time of need.”

The San Bernardino Police Department is handling the investigation.

At this point, Corona’s family told Nguyen funeral plans are on hold — they don’t know when they’ll be able to get his body and an autopsy needs to be completed first.

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