A 12-year-old Cary boy suffered personal injuries that left him in serious condition after he was struck by a pickup truck at a bus stop on the morning of March 13 in Cary.
According to police, a burgundy Ford Ranger pickup truck hit a Carnage Middle School sixth-grad student shortly before 7 a.m. as he was crossing Penny Road at Crickentree Drive.
Neighbors say the child and other students were awaiting a school bus outside Oake Grove Elementary School. The children were crossing the road to get a ride from a parent because the bus was late. However, the bus arrived before they got into the car.
The truck hit the boy when the students crossed the road for a second time.
Marin Boieru, an eyewitness, said that he saw the car strike the child and send him 4-5 feet into the air.
The driver of the truck, 50-year-old Rita Braman, and a male passenger stopped and waited with the injured boy until paramedics responded to the scene, according to police.
The boy, whose identity has not been released, received ambulance transport to WakeMed, accompanied by his parents. The hospital said that his injuries were not life threatening. The truck’s driver received transport to a local hospital due to stress and anxiety over the wreck.
According to police, the bus’ safety arm was out and its lights were flashing at the time of the crash. The pickup was coming in the opposite direction of the bus. Police would not say if the driver failed to yield.
No charges have been filed yet, as police say they wish to re-interview Braman.
Neighbors have expressed concerns over the heavy traffic at the bus stop and that several near-accidents have taken place there.