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Boy blindsided by car while trying to get on school bus

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A Bladen County boy was thrown sixty feet away from his bus stop Friday morning. It happened while he was trying to cross the road to board the school bus.

N.C. Highway Patrol responded to the accident. Trooper Ray Battle says Jaylin Peterson is lucky to be alive.

Peterson lives right outside Elizabethtown on Highway 53. Battle says Peterson was getting ready to cross the street to get on his school bus when Consuela Washington apparently blindsided him.

Peterson said, "As the child starts to cross the street, you can hear the bus driver and see him telling the child to stop because he saw the car not stop and you could see the car coming down the side of the bus."

Trooper Battle says the accident could have easily killed Peterson.

Peterson was airlifted to Chapel Hill, N.C., Friday morning. He had surgery on his leg and pelvic area later in the afternoon.

Washington will face a felony charge for failure to stop for a stopped school bus. "If you just run the bus and there's no accident then it's a misdemeanor," said Battle. "But if a child is actually struck, or an anyone is struck, then it's a felony."

Trooper Battle says the camera system on the bus shows the bus was at a complete stop, had it's flashing lights on and had it's arm extended when Washington hit Peterson.

Battle says people fail to stop for buses more often than people would think. He said, "It happens everyday."

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