A 5 year old girl was hit and seriously injured by a car after getting off a school bus on Speedway Road about three miles southeast of Wilkesboro. According to a report on WGHP, the little girl was exiting the bus, from C.C. Wright Elementary School, which was stopped in the eastbound lane. The bus had the appropriate lights, stop sign and stop arm activated as the little girl exited and began crossing the road.
As she was walking in front of the bus, entering the westbound lane, she was struck by a 1992 Chevrolet driven by a 52 year old woman. The impact of the car threw the child in the westbound shoulder of the roadway and the car came to rest partially off the road.
The little girl was taken to Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem and troopers reported she suffered multiple fractures and possible internal injuries. Charges are pending against the driver until further investigation of the accident.
There have been far too many children hit and killed by vehicles as they are getting off school buses in North Carolina. Last month, we told you about Operation Strong Arm, a program where North Carolina State Troopers called on drivers to slow down, pay attention and use caution around school buses.
We can only imagine how terrified this little girl must have been to go through this experience. She may have a long recovery ahead of her, depending on the extent of her injuries. Her parents should consider contacting a North Carolina personal injury attorney in order to see what civil liability the car driver may be responsible for.