Second Grader Hit While Walking to School Bus

12:03 AM, Jan 8, 2013   |    comments
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Winston-Salem, NC -- Is there any excuse for hitting a child getting on the bus?

Monday morning in Winston-Salem, a seven-year-old little girl was hit in front of her house on North Cherry Street. A car passed the stopped school bus and hit Kelly Smith and they kept on driving.

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Kelly wasn't seriously injured but her father says she is very lucky and now, he's urging drivers to follow school bus laws.

"That's not long at all. I would say to those who don't take this serious, put yourself in my shoes if you've never been through anything like this. It is very, very frightening," said Kerry Smith, Kelly's father. "Please stop and let those kids do what they need to do because it's really hard for a parent to go through something like this when we're thinking everyday that our kids are safe."

There is no excuse. We get plenty of warning.

The amber lights on the rear of the bus start flashing 300 yards from the bus stop.

Once the bus is stopped, the stop arm goes out as the door is opening. And as the door closes, the stop arm goes back in.

It takes a matter of minutes.

News 2 followed bus 1446 from Northeast Guilford Middle School to each and every stop yesterday after school, and timed it.

The shortest stop took just 13-seconds from stop arm out to stop arm in.

It's just another 5 seconds before the bus drives away.

The longest stop wasn't even two minutes!

If you got stuck behind a bus with multiple stops, it may cost you 4 or 5 minutes at the most.

But what is that worth when you think about the risks? Smith said if Kelly took just one more step, she would have been hit head on.

WFMY News 2

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