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Car bumps child, hits mailbox while driving past stopped school bus in Lexington

LEXINGTON, N.C. -- A child was brushed by a car as it drove past a stopped school bus Monday afternoon, according to Lexington police.

At about 3:20 p.m., police responded after a car drove past a school bus stopped near the intersection of Fairview Drive and Fairway Drive.

While passing the bus, the car hit a mailbox and hit a child’s backpack as they were getting off the bus to go home.

“He told me he felt air swishing by his back,” said the mother of the child. “It could've been a little bit more and who knows he could've been dragged with his book bag down the road or flipped over.”

Lexington police said the driver passed the bus, with its arm down and lights on, on the right hand side.

“This is pretty rare the circumstances,” Maj. Robby Rummage said. “Extremely rare for my career standpoint.”

The driver then continued on Fairview Drive and crashed into a pole and sign near Walgreens where police found her.

“We believe that her vehicle was capable of stopping,” Rummage said. “We have reason to believe she had every reason to know the bus was stopped and she knew what had happened and she kept going.”

Tiffany Leann Lapradd, 30, was charged with failure to stop for a stopped bus, driving while license revoked, hit-and-run leaving the scene of property damage and fictitious or altered registration card/plate.

A 1-year-old child was in the car with Lapradd.

The school bus had cameras and officers are working with the school system to get the video of the incident. Multiple witnesses also spoke to police about the incident.

Police say there was no evidence to suggest that the driver was impaired.

“I think it may have played a role but we do not know that for sure,” Rummage said.

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