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.
An official for the school district said an investigation will be conducted to determine whether the stop is safe and if it needs to return to its earlier location.
The driver remained at the scene and as of yet has not been charged with a crime. Authorities have not determined officially whether speed was a factor in this crash.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the only school transportation-related accident in Charlotte in recent weeks. A Charlotte school bus accident in East Charlotte occurred just before 7 a.m. on a Wednesday with 37 Charlotte-Mecklenburg high school students aboard. According to local news reports, the crash occurred when a car rear-ended the bus on Hickory Grove Road. As a result, six students were sent to the hospital with minor injuries.
In September, a 35-year-old Carrabus County woman was killed in a school bus accident in Concord when her vehicle crossed the center line and struck a bus full of middle school students head-on. Her 13-year-old son, a passenger in the vehicle, suffered injuries but is expected to survive.
Also in September, a bus carrying a football team of players from Rock Hill, S.C. crashed on the highway near Hamlet, N.C., killing four people, including the eight-year-old son of a coach. Forty people were injured. Recently, the Charlotte Observer learned a bus tire blow-out was to blame for the crash, and the driver, a 43-year-old who also died in the crash, had numerous prior driving citations for speeding. However, speed was reportedly not a factor in that crash. A dozen survivors have filed a lawsuit against the church that owned the bus and its parent organization, claiming faulty maintenance of the bus and tire.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that between 2003 and 2012, there were 1,222 school transportation-related fatal crashes, in which 1,353 people were killed. That’s an average of 135 deaths a year, with thousands more injured. Not all of those are students or passengers on the bus. In many cases, it is pedestrians or occupants of other vehicles that suffer injuries or death.
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11-year-old trying to get to bus stop hit by car in north Charlotte, Oct. 4, 2016, By Alexa Ashwell, WSOCTV-9
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