According to WBTV-3, the incident occurred at around 7:30 a.m. on LaSalle Street. Her grandmother reportedly was walking the girl to the stop, and the girl stepped out into the street. The girl’s grandmother said the driver of the vehicle was speeding and did not have time to stop. Witnesses said the car “jumped out of nowhere.” The girl, 11, was thrown into the air and landed hard on the pavement.
Her family is lamenting the fact that the school district had not acquiesced to earlier requests to move the bus stop back to where it had been last year, a block away on the other side of the street. Before, students at that stop did not need to cross the street, which is known by those in the area as a busy thoroughfare, with drivers who tend to ignore speed limits, particularly during the morning rush hour. This, of course, coincides with the time during which students are making their way to their bus stops.