ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - A 15-year-old student was injured after he was hit by a car while getting off the school bus, according to the Dougherty County School System.
The student, who goes to Westover High School, was hit by a car after getting off the bus in front of his home on Weymouth Drive around 4 p.m. Monday.
Witnesses said the student got off the bus and walked across the street when the bus was fully stopped and lights flashing and sign out, when he was hit by a car approaching the bus in the opposite lane, according to the school district.
The student was taken to Phoebe for treatment and evaluation for possible head and neck injuries.
The driver of the car was charged with reckless driving, driving while distracted and failure to stop for a school bus, the school system said in a release.
“Drivers are encouraged to always be aware of their surroundings and to use caution and obey buses when they’re stopped on the road," the school system said in a release.
Now the school district is pleading with drivers to pay attention when on the road.
A scary situation, in a quiet neighborhood, could have easily ended in the worst way imaginable.
“What happened yesterday was a distracted driver was just being careless, being on her phone. And unfortunately she struck a child getting off the school bus who was on his way home,” said Dougherty County Police Department Patrol Officer, Kentravious Shannon.
The student was hit by a driver in the opposite lane, even with the school bus stop sign out and flashing lights on.
“Distracted driving does affect the homes of many people. It does affect the livelihood of many people,” said Shannon.
Shannon responded to the call yesterday. He said the driver was on her phone. She’s been charged with reckless driving, driving while distracted and failure to stop for a school bus.
“Driving students to and from school is a serious business, driving any vehicle is a serious business. There shouldn’t be any mistakes at all,” said transportation Director, Kenneth Williams.
DCP said the student is thankfully doing okay now. Williams pleads with the community to remember kids’ lives are at stake here.
“The big yellow bus, you know, it’s something that is yellow for a reason. It’s puzzling sometimes how people don’t see the school buses,” said Williams.
As cars sped past the ‘Drive Like Your Kids Live Here’ sign in one yard, the message seems more important than ever.
“It’s more than yourself. You got to think about the safety of others. People want to get home to their families,” Shannon said.
The school district wants to remind drivers to be especially cautious when in school zones.
DCP said they are cracking down on reckless and careless drivers.
This is a developing story and we will update as more information becomes available.