RAY CITY, GA (WALB) - Georgia State Patrol is asking for help to find the driver who hit a 4-year-old boy as he was preparing to board a school bus.
It happened Monday morning at the intersection of Hwy. 125 and Hwy. 122 just after 7 a.m.
Troopers said four-year-old Xavier Myers was waiting for the school bus as it made its usual stop on Hwy. 125, when another driver heading north did not stop for the bus, and collided with him, knocking him into the ditch.
Myers was rushed to South Georgia Medical Center. His injuries were not said to be life-threatening.
But investigators are working to learn more about the driver.
"We talked with several witnesses. They stated that an unknown vehicle, possibly white or silver in color, failed to stop for the bus's emergency lights," said Georgia State Patrol Corporal David Sellars. "He had the lights activated with the emergency sign out."
Officials estimated the car was traveling about 50 miles per hour when it hit Myers.
But so far, troopers said they don't know who was driving or where the car is.
Meanwhile troopers warn that drivers should always be on alert.
"You really have to pay attention every morning and every day when you're driving," said Cpl. Sellars. Because all you have to do is one little split second of distraction and you can seriously injure someone or mess up somebody else's life."
If found, the driver could face charges of serious injury by vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident.
Witnesses reported that the car left the scene with damage to the passenger side headlight area from the crash.
Anyone who witnessed the crash or has any information on the vehicle that fled the scene is urged to contact Georgia State Patrol at 229-333-5215.