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Marcos Santiaga Bautista, 27, of Sims

SIMS, N.C. — Authorities have arrested a North Carolina man accused of hitting two young children trying to get on their school bus with an SUV and then fleeing the scene.

WTVD-TV reported that Marcos Santiaga Bautista, 27, of Sims, faces various charges including felony hit and run, felony passing a stopped school bus and having no driver’s license.

The alleged hit-and-run accident happened around 7 a.m. at Rock Ridge Sims Road and Old Raleigh Road west of Interstate 95.

German Arroyo-Correa, 10, and Areli Arroyo-Correa, 5, reportedly suffered broken bones and were hospitalized in serious condition. Neighbors said they are a brother and sister.

“My brother heard the mom screaming and yelling for help, so he got out, and he saw that the bus was there and the kids, they had run them over,” said Laura Lopez.

Officials said the bus headed to Rock Ridge Elementary School was stopped with its lights on and stop arm extended when it happened.

The red Ford Explorer that allegedly hit the children was found about a half-mile away behind a tobacco barn at a working farm.

The suspect’s bond was set at $30,000.

Read full story: WTVD-TV