UPDATE: 8-year-old hit by car while boarding school bus
LITTLE ROCK (KATV) —
UPDATE (5:23 p.m.):
An 8-year-old boy is recovering after being hit by a car Tuesday morning. The victim was walking up to a school bus when he was hit, according to police.
The second grader attends Chenal Elementary school in the Pulaski County Special School District. According to police he suffered non-life threatening injuries.
It was around 7 a.m. when an 8-year-old student was walking up to a PCSSD school bus and driver Karen Wilson hit the child causing him to go airborne, according to a Pulaski County Sheriff's Office report.
Wilson claims she didn't see the school bus with its flashing lights on until it was too late to stop and that she wasn't speeding.
A witness said Wilson was traveling at a high rate of speed and that same witness reportedly even honked her horn while waiving her arms, but Wilson never slowed down.
"Well in advance of a stop, our bus drivers display yellow lights which indicate caution, slow down, and then when they stop there are red lights of course then the stop sign comes out," said Roush.
Roush tells Channel 7 News the bus driver on Tuesday morning did follow all emergency signal procedures, and while they haven't had a student hit at a bus stop since last October, ignoring signals happens too often.
"We've got 17,000 students in our school district, so there's a lot of students out there, and our bus drivers will tell you that every day, somebody doesn't adhere to the flashing lights, they go around the stop sign, they come this direction and they go around them from the rear, they don't stop in time a lot of times," added Roush.
Wilson was ticketed for failure to yield to a school bus and careless and prohibited driving.
Click here to read the police report.
ORIGINAL REPORT (8:52 a.m.):
An 8-year-old was hit by a car early Tuesday morning while trying to board a school bus.
Around 6:45 a.m. a school bus traveling westbound stopped near 17000 Colonel Glenn and Rocky Lane to pick up a child. The bus hazard lights were flashing and the stop sign was extended as the 8-year-old boy attempted to board the bus.
A car traveling in the eastbound lane did not stop for the school bus and hit the child.
He was taken to a local hospital by MEMS with non-life threatening injuries.
The driver of the vehicle was cited for failure to yield for a school bus and careless prohibited driving.