8-year-old student hit by van
News 12 First at Five/ Monday, Dec. 9, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Family members tell us an 8-year-old boy has been put on life support after getting hit by a van.
It all happened as he was trying to get on the school bus early Monday morning near the intersection of Asbury Place and Belair Road in Augusta.
Deputies say the driver of the van didn't stop for the bus's stop signs. 20-year-old Scott William Hancock is behind bars, charged with failing to stop for a school bus.
James Duffie lives across the street from where the accident happened and woke up to blue lights outside of his window.
Duffie says, "I thought I heard something banging, and I looked out my bathroom window, looked over that way, and saw the cars backed up but couldn't actually see what happened."
Connie Hooper lives near the accident location too, and says, "I saw all these police cars, the bus, and, of course, the ambulance and the fire truck were down there."
Deputies say a Richmond County school bus was stopped with its red flashing lights and stop sign out when the Sue Reynolds Elementary student tried to cross the road from his home. Witnesses say the red van didn't slow down, even though the bus driver was honking and waving her hands out the window.
Duffie says, "That's one of the rules of driving. If you see a school bus stopped with the sign out, you got to stop."
It's a danger that bus drivers say they deal with every day.
Jimmie Wiley, the director of the Richmond County Board of Education Transportation Department says," When you see the amber lights, that's a sign of warning. Then, when you see the red lights, that means stop."
Judy Webber is a driver trainer with the BOE, and she says, "We expect anyone coming towards us or from behind us to stop, and we have a lot of drivers who think they could just run around the stop sign, and that's what happens to a lot of students."
But, not stopping could very easily turn into a dangerous or even deadly situation.
Webber warns, "Just be safe. Remember, it could be your child crossing the road one day."
The problem has gotten so bad that Richmond County bus drivers now carry around reports with them. If they see a driver pass their school bus while it's stopped, they jot down their information and turn it into the Sheriff's Office.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Sgt. Michael Shane McDaniel with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office says an 8-year-old boy was struck on Belair Rd. at Asbury Place Monday morning.
Deputies responded to the scene around 7:10 a.m.
The Sheriff's Office says 20-year-old Scott William Hancock hit the student from Sue Reynolds Elementary with his van after failing to stop for flashing bus lights. The bus was waiting to pick the child up at a house.
The boy was given CPR on scene and taken to GRU medical center for treatment. Authorities say he his is in critical condition, and the boy's family says he's been put on life support.
Hancock was found at fault for the accident, cited for failure to stop for a school bus while loading and unloading.
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