Child survives after being hit by vehicle, flipping over car hood

GRAHAM, N.C. — Police said a child survived a serious accident on Wednesday morning when a boy was struck by a car while boarding a school bus.

Ervin Santiago was struck around 7 a.m. on Pomeroy Street near Ardmore Street in Graham.

Santiago is one lucky 8-year-old.

The second grader was crossing Pomeroy Street on Wednesday morning when a car hit him head on.

Police say the school bus had its lights on and stop arm out.

The driver, 26-year-old Crystal Clay, was not paying attention when she hit Santiago.

“When that car came the bus went beep but the car didn’t stop,” explains Ervin Santiago.

The little boy flipped over the entire length of the car.

Somehow the second grader was not seriously hurt.

He says his legs are sore and he’s still a little scared about the whole thing.

“It’s just a surreal, bizarre miracle, a Christmas miracle if you will,” says Captain Steve McGilvray from the Graham Police Department.

The Graham Police Department has heard a lot of complaints about cars passing school buses.

A few years ago, the police department did an operation called, Operation Stop Arm.

Cops followed school buses and kept a lookout for cars passing buses.

Captain McGilvray says they ticketed several violators.

“It would appear based on today and other complaints that it may be time to step up and do another operation,” says Captain McGilvray.

Clay was ticketed for passing a school bus and careless and reckless driving.

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