KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — A new law geared toward punishing those who pass stopped school buses will be named after an 11-year-old who was fatally struck at a bus stop in 2012.
Hasani Wesley was struck by a Jeep around 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19 at a bus stop at the intersection of Shaddowfax Drive and Old Hollow Road in Kernersville. Wesley’s bus was stopped and had its stop-arm extended at the time of the collision.
The East Forsyth Middle School sixth-grader was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where he died.
Billy Roger Bailey, the driver of the Jeep, told law enforcement he did not see the child. Nearly two months later, he was charged with felony passing a stopped school bus causing death.
The Winston-Salem Journal reports drivers will now have to pay at least $500 for violating school bus stop-arm laws as a result of the Hasani N. Wesley Students’ School Bus Safety Act.