Troopers: Boy on motorized scooter run over after not stopping for school bus

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Submitted: Wed, 04/02/2014 - 10:14pm
Updated: Thu, 04/03/2014 - 12:30pm

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A child riding a motorized scooter has been injured after investigators say he failed to stop for a school bus and was run over by one of its tires this afternoon in New Hanover County.

New Hanover County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer says the accident happened on Bonfire Way. That’s near Monkey Junction.

Highway Patrol says the eight-year-old boy was riding his scooter down the driveway in front of his house. Investigators say the boy saw the bus coming, but he did not stop. They say the bus driver was getting ready to let a student off the bus, so she was driving slower than the posted speed limit. The driver told investigators she saw the boy, but she figured he would stop. Instead, he hit the side of the bus and was run over by the right rear tire.

The boy was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with what troopers described as a serious leg injury. The boy was wearing a helmet, which investigators say saved him from suffering a head injury as well.

Investigators say neighbors told them the boy was almost run over last week because of a similar situation.

There were three other students on the bus when the incident happened. Another bus came to the scene to take them home.

Highway Patrol says the driver will not be charged.


  • Tracie C says:

    I am a parent that had a child involved in a similar situation. Not just once, but twice. Let me say: I am a very lucky mom. My son came through both of these accidents alive and well. (Slight differences: no motor on the scooter, pick up trucks instead of a school bus, two severe skull fractures with a blood clot in one that could have killed him had it moved and he had to wear head protection for eight weeks).
    However – if you don’t teach your child to obey ALL safety laws especially when riding a motorized vehicle (this kid is EIGHT?) you are leaving the door wide open for an accident to happen.
    Why this child thinks it’s okay to just ride out of his driveway should be a matter of concern to his parents. Again, this child is EIGHT and has a motorized bike??
    I’ll never forget the faces of the men who hit my child with their vehicles. I would NEVER have blamed them for doing this, they were devastated. THEY WERE ACCIDENT’S caused by my child. Hell, he got a ticket the second time because he came out from between parked cars.
    Not once did anyone question my parenting skills. Not once did anyone ask for the driver to be punished or sued as some kind of a psycho hell bent on running over a child. (Okay maybe my weirdo of an ex husband but he just wanted extra drinking money).
    Instead of judging maybe those involved, as well as those who are simply reading the news, should learn a very valuable lesson.
    I hope this kid makes it through without any limitations. I hope that bus driver has decent people around who understand the meaning of “accident”.

  • Guest2020 says:

    The bus driver was driving slower than the posted speed. The child was injured by the right rear tire, which means, he had plenty of time to avoid the accident, if he had been paying attention. The child had almost had an accident before doing the same thing. The bus driver was not at fault.

  • DC says:

    The issue here lies between an adult driving a school bus and a child playing in his neighborhood. It is the responsibility of any adult operating any motor vehicle to watch out for any person that may be entering their lane to AVOID any possible collision and/or accident. Simply put, the bus driver should have done everything reasonable to NOT make contact with the child. Any adult should not depend on a child to make and use good judgement. The child was enjoying his afternoon and the bus driver saw the child entering his lane and decided that his bus somehow had the right of way and it was up to the kid to protect himself or else. I hope the bus driver has learned a valuable lesson. As I’m sure the child and his family are suffering enormously and will endure the consequences of these actions for a lifetime. It’s a sad day when any adult will point their finger at a child and say it was the child’s fault. Fear is learned. You are not born knowing what it feels like to be run over by a bus. But, any adult can probably imagine that would be a very horrible experience. Drivers out there need pay attention to what MIGHT POSSIBLY happen and drive defensively as to protect those that may not know the dangers. Use your brakes, for heaven’s sake.

  • John A. Difloure says:

    Where in h–l were the kid’s parents and that may be an overstatement!

  • Elizabeth Tait says:

    Before you make ignorant comments you should know the facts. This boy has an amazing mother. Children do things that aren’t smart. Parents aren’t always able to watch their child’s every move, especially as they get older. Maybe you should think about how your comment could hurt someone who is already hurting tonight.

  • Grant Hall says:

    Dude, the kid was coming out of his own driveway. His parents could have been sitting right there in the front yard for all you know. Don’t be blaming them for not being there when you got no clue whether they were or weren’t present.

    On the other hand, you can do what I’m doing and blame them for not taking the time to teach their kid some common sense safety rules before they ever let him have a freaking scooter in the first place. Same would apply if it was a bicycle or a pair of roller skates: LOOK BOTH WAYS BEFORE YOU GO INTO THE STREET!

  • ireckon says:

    I know one place-out in yard watching the kids ride them. Law enforcement could stop this.

  • guesty says:

    Don’t let those pesky little people that live in your house interrupt you from watching tv, being on the computer or yapping on the phone.

  • 1492 says:

    The kid was is his driveway before he did a dumb thing. Have we gotten to the point where parents are supposed to supervise every second of their children’s play. Thank God it wasn’t that way wen I was a kid.

    On another note: Not too thrilled with motorized vehicle for kids. They’re really not developed enough a lot of times to ride them and they certainly don’t provide any incentive for a kid to actually exercise.

  • lizziehourigan says:

    Before you judge, stop and think… think about the enormity of the situation for this boy and his family. Think about the long road to recovery. Take a moment to walk in his parent’s shoes. hopefully you will never know such pain and worry, but if you do, I hope others will not be as quick to judge your parenting skills.

  • Guesty123 says:

    A young boy in my neighborhood does the same thing. His mother is never out watching him, but I understand. She is probably trying to get dinner finished or picking up toys, taking a second to catch her breath. I think the issue isn’t with where were the parents, he had a helmet on, they probably told him to be careful. I think this is just a boy being a boy, playing chicken and he got hurt. Bet he won’t do it again.

  • lizziehourigan says:

    Before you judge, stop and think… think about the enormity of the situation for this boy and his family. Think about the long road to recovery. Take a moment to walk in his parent’s shoes. hopefully you will never know such pain and worry, but if you do, I hope others will not be as quick to judge your parenting skills. I, too, happen to know this family. They are simply amazing and our in our prayers.

  • ireckon says:

    What in the heck is a child doing on a public street on/in any type of motorized vehicle! The most important point is being missed in these discussions. Gees, we have enough incidents with supposedly grown adults having accidents on mopeds, motorcycles, even bicycles! Throw car and bus drivers into that mix and bingo you lose!

  • MAJ P says:

    Sorry to inform you, but he was riding a battery operated toy bike on a private road, not a public street. In fact, school buses are prohibited to enter this neighborhood requiring small aged elementary school kids to disembark on major streets outside the neighborhood. Only reason this bus was there is for a special needs student (a reasonable accommodation.) I happen to know this child personally as he is good friends with one of my children and he is a very well behaved and well taught child. So save us your bingos and worry about yourself instead. Thank you.

  • Guestme says:

    Are you kidding me with all the “where we the parents” comments? The boy is 8 years old and was playing in his front yard. Do you expect the parents to be at his side at every moment. He did something stupid (because he’s a KID). The mother probably feels an insane amount of guilt. If that boys mom is reading: Do not! You did nothing wrong. I’m so sorry this happened and so glad that his injuries were not worse.

    Anonymity of these sites make people way to brave to be judgmental at cost of someone else’s feelings.

  • jj says:

    #Elizabeth Tait

    What good mother would buy a 8 year old child a motorized scooter? Then not supervise them when they are riding it.

    Yea, I guess she is amazing.

  • dawkins says:

    If Mom is so amazing, why was it not a wakeup call when he was nearly run over before?

  • MAJ P says:

    Ever thought that the same neighbors who saw the child almost get hit before (if that actually happened) didn’t make an effort to tell the Mom? Stop worrying about other people and watch your self please.

  • Beth says:

    When I was a kid we stayed out until dark and road bikes all over the neighborhood. The kid is eight! More than old enough to play in his own front yard!

    “What good mother would buy a 8 year old child a motorized scooter? Then not supervise them when they are riding it.

    Yea, I guess she is amazing.”

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