Update: Driver charged after child hit by vehicle at bus stop in High Point

Posted on: 8:07 am, January 9, 2013, by , updated on: 05:13pm, January 9, 2013

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Police say a driver has been charged after a 7-year-old girl was hit by a vehicle Wednesday morning at a bus stop in High Point. 

Capt. Mike Kirk with the High Point Police Department says the accident happened around 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of Kimery Drive and Gordon Street. 

The child’s injuries are minor, police said.  She has been treated and released from High Point Regional Hospital.  

Police said the driver, 21-year-old Eugenie Niyomwungere, has been charged with felony failing to stop for a school bus. 

Niyomwungere, a student at Guilford Technical Community College, tells FOX8 she was driving to class and didn’t see the bus or the child. 

Niyomwungere did stop after the accident, police said. 

Captain Mike Kirk with High Point police said Niyomwungere was not distracted by texting, the sun or impaired from any drugs or alcohol.

“The stop was arms are out everything was functioning the way it was supposed to be in the bus. It’s a fairly narrow street there’s only two lanes that pass I don’t see how you could have not seen that bus,” Kirk said. “We’ve seen a lot of it not just here but all over the triad area and really we need drivers to pay attention to the school zones and buses and realize they have to stop and allow those buses to load.

A Guilford County Schools spokeswoman says the bus was #271 serving Montlieu Elementary School.  The other children on the bus made it to school without further incident, she added. 

High Point police have 33 bust top violations on record for 2012. Six of those citations were issued to drivers along Easchester Drive in the last two days.

 

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