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W.Va. boy hit by truck expected back in school

December 05, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 12-year-old boy who was struck by a pickup truck while crossing a road to board a school bus Nov. 20 is expected to return to class today, Spring Mills Middle School Principal Marc Arvon said Tuesday.

The driver of the truck, Nicholas Duane Barton, 32, of Cumberland, Md., was issued citations of reckless driving and failure to maintain control by West Virginia State Police Trooper J.D. Schuessler, according to court records. He has until Friday to appear in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

Arvon said the boy, a seventh-grader, had a cast on his arm when he visited the school Tuesday with his grandmother. The principal said he was told that a puncture wound to the boy's liver healed.

"I think he's going to start back (today)," Arvon said.

Schuessler said that Barton failed to slow the Toyota Tacoma he was driving west on Broad Lane fast enough to avoid the collision with the boy near the road's intersection with Anniversary Falls Road, police said. The accident was reported to emergency dispatchers at 6:37 a.m.

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Witnesses told police that the school bus activated its yellow warning lights and began to slow down to pick up students when two juveniles crossed the road. The collision knocked the boy several feet off the road, police said. The other student was not injured.

The bus was picking up students for the last day of school before Thanksgiving break, and school officials said that few of them saw what happened.

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