ROWAN COUNTY A 17-year-old Rowan County high school student was killed Thursday morning as he crossed a two-lane road near his home to board a school bus, authorities say.
The woman authorities say was driving the car that hit the youth was arrested a short time later.
The N.C. Highway Patrol identified the victim as Makinzy Jordan Smith. He was a junior at West Rowan High School.
Barbara Harrison Smith, 57, was charged with felony passing a stopped school bus, troopers say. Authorities say she was driving a Honda Civic that allegedly failed to stop for a school bus that had its red lights flashing and its warning arms extended.
The incident took place about 6:50 a.m. in the 6000 block of Woodleaf Drive, about 4 miles northwest of Salisbury.
A witness told WCNC-TV, the Observer’s news partner, that the student was crossing the road when he was hit by the car. About 20 students onboard the bus at the time were transferred to another bus and taken to school.
School officials say Makinzy Smith, who is not related to the suspect, was a member of the ROTC. The school flew its flag at half-staff, and Rowan-Salisbury Schools officials had extra grief counselors at West Rowan during the day.
Troopers are trying to determine why Barbara Smith might have failed to stop for the bus.
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