Still No Charges In Hasani Wesley's Death At Bus Stop

12:13 AM, Jan 11, 2013   |    comments
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Kernersville, NC -- Three weeks after an 11-year-old was hit by a car and killed as he tried to get on the school bus, no charges have been filed.

On December 20, Hasani Wesley died. The sixth-grader was hit by a car in Kernersville after the driver ignored a stop arm and passed a school bus.

The driver, Billy Bailey, admitted to state troopers that he didn't see Hasani when he hit him.

Hasani's mother, Odina Wesley, told News 2 she's frustrated.

According to Trooper Terrence Shaw, North Carolina Highway Patrol, investigators are still waiting for the results of Bailey's blood test.

Shaw said the blood test has been sent to the lab, but it was delayed over the holidays.

Also, investigators are still looking at GPS data from the bus.

According to Shaw, that data not only pinpoints where the bus was in relation to the bus stop, but it also shows exactly when the amber lights turned on, when the stop sign went out and the speed of the bus.

Shaw added that investigators are also trying to sort out all of the witnesses and get their statements straight.

It's a tedious process.

Once the investigation is complete, all of the charges will come from Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O'Neill.

O'Neill told News 2 it's not unusual that the investigation is taking this long.

While O'Neill could say very little about the case, he could talk about the law and what charges come into play in tragic incidents like this.

According to O'Neill, if you hit somebody at a school bus stop because you didn't stop or didn't see the lights, and that person dies, it's a Class H Felony.

If you don't have a prior record, punishment by law is four to six months in prison. However, a judge can decide whether a person does time or just gets probation.

O'Neill said the only way a driver will get a tougher sentence is if they were drinking, texting, speeding or something else that is illegal.

On Friday, Hasani's Mother and her attorney are meeting with O'Neill, so he can explain where they are in the process.

The DA said it's also an opportunity for him to tell Hasani's mother, "I have kids of my own. I'm heartbroken. I can't imagine what that feels like."

According to O'Neill, he's meeting with troopers next week to see where the investigation stands, where the evidence stands and potentially decide what to do next.


WFMY News 2

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