14-year-old girl fatally struck while crossing street for school bus


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GARNER, N.C. — A Garner Magnet High School student died Monday morning after she was struck by a vehicle while boarding a school bus.

According to the N.C. Department of Safety, the accident happened shortly after 6:30 a.m. while a Wake County school bus was headed south on N.C. Highway 50 (Benson Highway).

A Department of Safety spokesperson says a preliminary investigation indicates the bus activated its flashing amber lights as it began to slow down to come to a stop at the intersection with J.R. Drive.

At the same time, the spokesperson says the 14-year-old Hispanic girl attempted to cross the roadway from a home to board the bus.

The spokesperson says the girl “ran into the path” of a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix that was headed north on N.C. 50.

The girl died at the scene, the spokesperson said.  Her name has not been publicly released as family members are still being notified.

At the time of the collision, the spokesperson says the school bus did not have its mechanical stop-arm activated, nor its flashing red stoplights on.

Charges are pending the completion of the investigation by the State Highway Patrol.  The Highway Patrol will consult with the Wake County District Attorney’s Office to make the determination.

Further details about the incident have not been released.

WTVD reports the victim is a Garner Magnet High student.  The bus she was trying to board was #1351.

The stretch of highway is closed as authorities investigate the accident.

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