STOKESDALE, N.C. (WGHP) – Doctors have told the family of a student from Stokesdale Elementary School who was critically injured after being struck by a car that he could make a full recovery.

The scene after a Stokesdale Elementary School student was struck by a vehicle while he was boarding a bus. (Submitted photo)

The child, a 6-year-old male, was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem after being struck early Thursday morning while boarding a bus on NC 65. He remains in critical but stable condition, a North Carolina Highway Patrol spokesperson told WGHP.

“I just spoke with the family,” Master Trooper Brian K. Martin said in a release. “He remains in critical, but stable condition. … Physicians are providing the family with a very positive outlook surrounding his injuries and have even said that it’s possible that he will make a full recovery. A true miracle within itself!”

The child, whose name has not been released, was crossing NC 65 near Self Road to board a stopped school bus at 6:47 a.m. Thursday when he was struck by a 2020 Nissan Maxima driven by James Michael Christman, 47, of Stokesdale, the NCHP said.

Christman was traveling west on NC 65, and the eastbound Guilford County school bus was stopped, the NCHP said, with its mechanical stop arm extended and flashing red lights engaged.

Christman disregarded those warning devices and struck the child who was moving south toward the stopped bus, the report said.

Impairment is not suspected to be a contributing factor in this crash, the report said, but investigators are set to meet with the Guilford County District Attorney’s Office about charges, which could include felonies, the report said.

Gabrielle Brown, a spokesperson for Guilford County Schools, confirmed the incident in an email to WGHP on Thursday.

“The district crisis team is at the school to support students,” Brown said.

Stokesdale serves grades K-5 and has about 557 students from northern Guilford County. The morning bell rings at 7:25 a.m., and school buses typically arrive between 7 and 7:10 a.m.

Sunrise is at 7:07, and it’s unclear what the road conditions were at the time the child was struck. NC 65 was closed for approximately four hours during the investigation and reopened at about 9:32 a.m.