UPDATE: Charges upgraded for driver in accident that killed 8-year-old

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Scott Hancock (WRDW-TV)

UPDATE: News 12 at 6 o' clock/ December 27, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga.--Deputies say 20-year-old Scott William Hancock will now face one count of vehicular homicide in the first degree, along with charges for failing to stop for a school bus. This comes after deputies say he failed to stop for a school bus stop sign, and hit 8-year-old Jaidyn Williams. Williams was taken off life support Thursday night.

Deputies say it will be up to the courts to decide the punishment for Hancock, but in the meantime, they have a new plan in place to keep this from happening to any other kids.

Angela Towns lives two houses down from where 8 year old Jaidyn Williams was hit. She has a son about his age who goes to the same school.

"I can't even put it into words. The families on this street...that could've been any of our kids," Towns said.

She saw the accident scene the morning it happened. When she found out Jaidyn was hit crossing the road to get on the bus, she could hardly believe it.

"The bus has a caution light and the stop sign and everything, it's a known fact that you've got to stop for kids," she said.

But, despite the law, bus drivers say they've been having a big problem lately with drivers not stopping for their stop signs and flashing lights.

"This is something serious, as you can see it can be deadly. You have a lot of children involved, crossing the street, and we just want to be there for them and make it safe for them," said Lt. Ramone Lamkin with the RCSO Traffic Division.

That's why, starting the first of the year, the Sheriff's Office is working with the school system to put a new plan in place to catch drivers who don't stop for school buses.

"We're going to have an officer on the bus that will actually be there, and notify another officer on the radio, which vehicle passed the bus and then take the appropriate action," he said.

Richmond county deputies will start riding along on some of the school buses the first of the year when school is back in session.

AUGUSTA (WRDW)---The man who is accused of hitting an eight year old child on December 9th is now being charged with Vehicular Homicide in the First Degree.

Scott William Hancock is accused of failing to stop for a school bus and hitting 8-year-old Jaidyn Williams.

Jaidyn was walking across the westbound lanes of Belair Road on his way to the school bus when witnesses say he was struck by Hancock's van.

Jaidyn was taken to GRU ER and died from his injuries Thursday as a result of the accident.

Hancock is also charged with reckless driving and passing a school bus while loading or unloading.

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