Winston-Salem man pleads guilty in hit-and-run involving girl getting on school bus

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Edward Rashad Lee Fulks

FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — An 18-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges that he hit a 7-year-old girl in January with his car as she was getting on a stopped school bus.

Edward Rashad Lee Fulks of Cherryview Lane entered guilty pleas in Forsyth Superior Court to felony hit and run with injury, felony passing a stopped school bus, and striking a person and misdemeanor driving without a license.

Judge Todd Burke of Forsyth Superior Court gave Fulks a suspended sentence of 6 months to 17 months.

Fulks was placed on supervised probation for 24 months.

According to Assistant District Attorney Patrick Weede, Fulks was behind another car as Kelly Seannee Smith, then a second-grader at Gibson Elementary School, was crossing the street to get on the bus.

Fulks went around the first car toward the bus and the passenger side mirror struck Smith on the face and neck. She wasn’t seriously injured and got on the bus, Weede said.

Fulks, who told authorities he was on his way to North Forsyth High School, fled the scene, Weede said.

Jones Byrd, Fulks’ attorney, said that Fulks is remorseful for what happened and never intended to hurt anyone. Byrd said that Fulks did not see the girl.