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Man hit and killed by driver passing school bus


BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- A man was hit and killed on Cedar Hill Road in Brunswick County this morning. Highway Patrol says a truck passed a school bus in a passing zone around 6 a.m. and hit 61-year-old Samuel Howard Peterson who was walking in the road.

The bus was traveling East on Cedar Hill Road and was not stopped or picking up any students at the time of the accident.

The driver of the truck, John Hinson, told investigators he did not see Peterson walking in the street because it was before daylight. Both the truck and the bus, which Highway Patrol Sgt. Matthew Hardee says he believes had children on it at the time of the accident, stopped feet away from where Peterson was hit.

Troopers say Peterson died at the scene. The accident is under investigation, but not charges have been filed at this time.

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I was on that bus.

Everyone is arguing about how the bus wasn't stopped. No it wasn't stopped but that doesn't mean you have to rant about it and make a big deal. Then after your rant you say praying for everyone involoved. Half of you have probably never wittinessed what I had to that morning. Just calm down and think a second. Is it really worth arguing with a person you don't know about whether they're right or wrong?



Man hit and killed by driver passing school buswu

I am acquainted with the family and know they would not want anyone to be passing judgment.They are not pasing blame and would not want anyone to be doing so unjustifiable. Keep MrPeterson's family in mind as Iknow their prayers are with the driver as this is something he has to live with and adjust to.He too is a victim.

Why weren't the parents

Why weren't the parents notified immediately? I am amazed that the school system can send automated messages about meetings, events, etc. yet no message was sent...

My daughter was on that bus and I don't care whether they saw it or not, Brunswick County Schools have no business not notifying the parents immediately...


I was informed by the school bus garage that it was her bus, now school says it wasn't....

The article shows that the

The article shows that the bus was passed in a passing zone. It was not stopped, It is legal to pass a school bus in NC. The problem here is people walking in the road. Read the article before you comment.

Not really anyones fault!

First let me say my prayers go out to everyone involved!! This was an unfortunate and trafic accident! However, almost everyone that I have seen make a comment has jumped to conclusions without reading the story like they should! No one here is really at fault! The bus was MOVING not STOPPED! And the driver passed in a passing lane! It was early and it was still dark out so the driver didn't see the man walking until it was to late! And honestly no one expects someone to be waljing in or on the side of the road that early in the morning! The driver didn't break any laws, it was just an unfortunate accident! So many who are making comments are acting like you have never passed a moving bus before, we all have so don't act like haven't! And please read the article carefully before you go passing judgement on some else. That is the problem with people today, everyone is so ready to condem someone else, well he who without sin cast the first stone! Also please remember the kids who were on the school bus, my nephew being one of them. I'm sure some of them are tramatized from witnessing the accident, so please remember them as well! My heart goes out to all involved!!!

Thank you for remembering

Thank you for remembering the children....

My daughter was also on the

My daughter was also on the bus...I hope your nephew did not see anything...

It doesn't say in this

It doesn't say in this article that the bus was stopped, and in fact it wasn't...he just went flying by it in a passing zone. How is anyone supposed to know someone would be crossing or in the road when it is still dark out? We have a lot of people on our road and the road this happened on who walk in the road or very close to it, ride bikes back and forth across in front of you and you never know when someone will be in the road. I worry constantly about accidently hitting someone that is in the road especially at night and have been scared many times by how close or how people are in the road when its dark just walking instead of walking along the road in the grassy area, it is scary!

This is just horrible! :(

This is just horrible! :( And it is sad that people can't remember a simple rule: DO NOT PASS A STOPPED SCHOOL BUS! That stop sign is on the bus for a reason. I didn't realize how many people ACTUALLY break this law on a daily basis until my 4 year old started riding the bus home from preschool. Every day, when her bus comes to a stop, there are always 2-3 cars that zip right by without any hesitation. I've taken down a few license plate numbers but it doesnt seem to really help the sitaution. Anyway, so sorry to read this :(

FYI. The bus wasn't stopped,

FYI. The bus wasn't stopped, it was moving. And 2nd he passed in a passing zone! I feel for the loss of the man, however, where was the wrong? Accidents do happen. I just pray for the family during this loss.

FYI, the school bus wasn't

FYI, the school bus wasn't stopped. It was moving. The driver passed in a passing zone.

Re: This is just horrible! :(

If you will read the article, it states that the bus was not stopped at the time.

It clearly states "The bus

It clearly states "The bus was traveling East on Cedar Hill Road and was NOT stopped or picking up any students at the time of the accident", so what was the point of your rant? Has nothing to do with what caused this incident. I've seen several people walking on the road lately at dark wearing dark clothing, no flashlight/reflector, walking right on the white line. Not a smart move IMO.

School bus...

Sometimes it's hard to stop in time. I agree though, people should definitely stop for a stopped school bus. There is however no law against passing a school bus once it's moving again though so quit staring at it and riding next to it people. Pass it quickly before it stops again. BTW the bus in this article was not stopped.

The bus was not picking up

The bus was not picking up kids or had stop sign out!

There are times when one

There are times when one would do well to engage brain before they engage mouth, the article we are reading says the driver passed a school bus in a passing zone and it says the bus was NOT STOPPED!, meaning it was not illegal to pass the bus, next thing the article says was it was "6:00 a.m.", that would mean it was still dark, which would also mean it would be impossible to see a pedestrian walking on the road unless said victim had a light or reflective clothing, both of which I highly doubt, turning this into a very sad and tragic accident without any monday morning quarter backing, the driver will carry a lot of weight on their concious for the rest of their life.

can't you read

Can't you comphrend anything you read? The School Bus was NOT stopped. The driver passed the Bus in a Passing zone. To pass a bus in a passing zone is not breaking the law.

the school bus was not

the school bus was not stopped nor did it have its flashers on read the whole story before you judge

The bus was not stopped

"The bus was traveling East on Cedar Hill Road and was not stopped or picking up any students at the time of the accident."

Evidently poster Allison

Evidently poster Allison didn't read the article reporting the accident since it very plainly stated the bus was traveling down the road when it was passed therefore the victim was walking in the roadway

Read the article Allison before making comments

Loss of life is horrible, but the school bus was not stopped at the time and was not picking up students.


Are you stupid or just plain ignorant? School bus wasn't stopped nor was the bus picking up children. So what does any of your yammering have to do with the pedistrian being struck and killed? Was the pedistrian wearing high visibility clothing and carrying a light to let others know where he was at?

Simple physics. A 4000lb vehicle will win all day and twice on Sunday against a 160lb person.

Put down the crackpipe woman. Smoke affecting your knoggin.

Where did you see that the

Where did you see that the man passed a stopped school bus? NOWHERE.

The article said "in a passing zone" and I am sure the person at fault is probably devastated.

raying for everyone involved!

Did you even read the

Did you even read the article or did you just decide to read the headline and comment? If you had read the article then you would have known that the school bus "was not stopped or picking up any students at the time of the accident".

Read before you post. Just saying....

School bus was not stopped

The article says the truck passed the school bus in a passing zone. The school bus was not stopped for a pick-up or at all. It was moving. This makes it a legal movement to pass the bus. Was it wise? I can't answer that but it brings up another question. Why are there school buses on the road at 6:00 a.m. and at 6:00 p.m.? School board members who approve waivers for schools to start at 7:40 and dismiss when they get good and ready, should step up to take some responsibility for this traffic death.

Clearly you didn't read the

Clearly you didn't read the article before you commented. The school bus was NOT STOPPED. So don't start accusing the driver of breaking the law. While I strongly agree with your remarks regarding the law and the lack of respect to this law, this driver was not breaking any law at the time of the accident. This is just an unfortunate incident and I pray for the families of all of those involved.


Your reading and comprehension skills are SEVERELY lacking!

was the bus stopped when the

was the bus stopped when the driver passed it?