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Neighbors React to Child Hit at Bus Stop

Neighbors React to Child Hit at Bus Stop

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Bob Wilkes shakes his head as he sits his on porch facing Belair Road. He says he was startled by the sirens and flashing lights early Monday morning outside of his house…The spot where an 8-year-old boy was hit while trying to get on the school bus.

Wilkes says there could have been many factors to the accident,

"It being foggy, people hurrying it being the first day of the week and all, going to work, and I'm saying that was a great factor of the child being hit," said Wilkes.

Richmond County Sergeant Shane McDaniel said it's not clear if any of those conditions contributed to the accident, but he says the driver, Scott Hancock, is at fault.

"The driver of the vehicle was traveling Westbound on the 3800 block of Belair Road and failed to stop for the school bus' caution equipment," said McDaniel.

As a result, the Sue Reynolds Elementary School student was hit by the van, and taken to the emergency room.

Wilkes said as a resident on this street for years, he's not surprised an accident like this happened.

"Speeding is a very big problem on this street because we have sometimes if we leave early in the morning it takes a while to get out of our drive way on the main road because of the traffic being so congested out here and people traveling fast," said Wilkes

He said more should be done to stop anything like this from happening again.

"I think it would help greatly if we would have more patrolling of the police through here even at the early morning as the buses go to pick the children up and people going to work," said Wilkes.

Click here to read our story from earlier in the day on the incident.
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