Girl, 5, struck by vehicle while getting off school bus in Wilkes County

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NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. — A 5-year-old girl is recovering at the hospital after troopers say she was struck by a vehicle while getting off a school bus in Wilkes County. 

According to a report filed by state troopers, the accident happened shortly after 3:45 p.m. Thursday on Speedway Road. 

A secretary reading the report to FOX8 says the school bus was in the eastbound lane with its lights activated and its stop-arm extended as the child, 5-year-old Pamela Michelle Pineda, was getting off the bus. 

Pineda had crossed the eastbound lane in front of the bus and was walking across the westbound lane when she was struck by a vehicle that was heading west, according to the secretary. 

The child landed in the westbound shoulder of the roadway after she was struck, the secretary said. 

The vehicle went off the right side of the road before coming to a stop, she added. 

Pineda was taken to Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem.  The secretary said she was listed in good condition as of Friday morning. 

The secretary says charges are pending against the driver, who was identified as Rita Shew, 52, of Rhonda. 

Sunlight in the driver’s eyes may be considered a factor, she said. 

No other details were available. 

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