Jordan student injured trying to board bus

Feb. 06, 2014 @ 06:32 PM

A 15-year-old girl narrowly avoided severe injuries Thursday morning when she was clipped by a truck while crossing Cornwallis Road to board a school bus.

The Jordan High School student took one or two steps into the road, approaching an east-facing bus that had slowed to a halt and activated its stop arm and flashing red lights. That’s when a westbound 1999 Dodge pickup truck driven by Brent Edward Parker, 48, struck her with a side mirror, according to Trooper D.F. Smith of the N.C. Highway Patrol.

She suffered a broken collarbone, but no life-threatening injuries.

“Six more inches and it could have been much worse,” Smith said.

Parker is charged with passing a stopped school bus with injury, which was upgraded to a Class I felony in North Carolina in December. He was held in the Durham County Jail under $1,000 bond.

Scott Denton, director of transportation services for Durham Public Schools, said Thursday that “students are much more likely to be injured when loading or unloading a bus, as opposed to riding the bus.”

“If you see a yellow school bus approaching you or get behind one, be constantly aware that students may be close by,” Denton said. “Slow down and expect the bus to stop, because it probably will. No appointment or meeting is so important that we should endanger the life of a child to get there.”

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