Funeral Friday for victim in school-bus crash

Isabelle Tezsla died in Feb. 16 crash.
Isabelle Tezsla died in Feb. 16 crash.
Posted: February 29, 2012

Funeral services will be Friday for Isabelle Tezsla, an 11-year-old triplet killed this month in a Burlington County school-bus crash that her two sisters survived.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the Feb. 16 crash involving the bus and a dump truck at County Route 528 and Old York Road in Chesterfield Township. Isabelle, a sixth grader, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her sister Natalie was discharged last week from Cooper University Hospital in Camden. On Tuesday, their sister Sophie was in critical but stable condition at the hospital, and fellow student Jonathan Zdybel, 11, was still in critical condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

All were passengers, along with more than 20 others, on the bus, which was on its way to Chesterfield Elementary School, not far from the crash site.

The 2004 Mack dump truck was loaded with asphalt and its weight was 5 percent over its 80,000-pound limit.

A final determination of what caused the crash could take a year or more. But officials said last week it was possible that the bus driver's line of sight was blocked at the intersection, forcing him to creep beyond a flashing stop light.

Isabelle's obituary says she is survived by her father, Anthony, a New Jersey state trooper, and her mother, Susan. She is also survived by her grandparents, Al and Carol Tezsla and Emily and John McFadden.

Her viewing will be from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Church of St. Gregory the Great, 4620 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, N.J.

The viewing will be followed a Funeral Mass. Final disposition will be private.

Donations may be made to the Tug McGraw Foundation, Box 45, Yountville, Calif. 94599, www.tugmcgraw.org.

- Inquirer staff

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