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School bus hits student in east Charlotte

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr. and Tim Funk
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg school bus hit a student in east Charlotte on Wednesday morning.

The 16-year-old student told officers she was knocked over by the bus and rolled underneath it before quickly rolling away. She wasn’t seriously injured.

The incident happened around 6:30 a.m. on Pence Road in east Charlotte near Hickory Grove Road. The student, who was late for the bus, said she grabbed the bus door handle with her left hand and began banging on the bus with her right hand.

The bus began to move, knocking the girl to the ground, according to the police report. She rolled under the bus, but “quickly rolled from underneath the bus while the bus was moving.”

The driver of bus No. 1549 told officers she was stopped at Pence Road with her red lights flashing to pick up a passenger. One student boarded the bus, and the driver cut off the lights and began to pull away.

Students on the bus yelled that someone was coming, according to the report. The driver told investigators she checked her mirrors, didn’t see anyone coming and kept going. The students on the bus again yelled that someone was coming.

When the driver looked back, she told investigators, the student was lying on the ground.

The driver has not been charged with a crime.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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