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Berkeley County boy hit by pickup at school bus stop

November 21, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. = A 12-year-old Berkeley County boy was taken to Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., for possible internal injuries Tuesday after he was struck by a pickup truck while crossing a road to board a school bus, police and school officials said.

The boy's aunt told Spring Mills Middle School principal Marc Arvon that her nephew's injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

In a news release, State Police Sgt. T.C. Kearns said the boy's injuries included "several broken bones and possible internal injury" from the collision, which was reported to emergency dispatchers at 6:37 a.m.

Kearns said charges are pending against the truck driver, a 32-year-old Cumberland, Md., man.

A preliminary investigation by Trooper J.D. Schuessler shows the driver failed to slow down enough to avoid the collision, Kearns said. He was driving a 2001 Toyota Tacoma west on Broad Lane when the accident happened at the road's intersection with Anniversary Falls Road in Falling Waters, W.Va., Kearns said.

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Witnesses told police that "the school bus had activated its yellow warning lights and began to slow (down) to pick up students when two juveniles crossed the road," Kearns said. The collision knocked the boy several feet off the roadway, Kearns said.

The seventh-grader's older sister, also a Spring Mills Middle School student, was not injured, officials said.

Berkeley County Schools Director of Communications Jaimee Borger said she believed only a few students saw what happened. Arvon believed there might have been 10 students on the bus at the time. When they arrived at school, counselors were waiting to talk with them, Borger said.

Borger said it was her understanding that many parents wait in vehicles at the bus stop and that the injured boy's grandmother was there when the accident happened.

School officials were notified at 1:30 p.m. that the boy would be taken to Children's Hospital after an initial examination at City Hospital in Martinsburg, Borger said.

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