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Student hit, killed while boarding bus

Published On: Mar 25 2013 09:52:53 AM CDT
GARNER, WAKE COUNTY -

 WAKE COUNTY (WTVD) -- A high school student was hit and killed by a vehicle early Monday morning while trying to board a Wake County school bus.

It happened around 6:30 a.m. on NC Highway 50/Benson Highway at J.R. Drive just south of Garner.

The state Highway Patrol said the14-year-old 9th grade girl, and her 16-year-old brother were heading to the bus stop in front of their house when a car hit the girl.

First Sgt. Jeff Gordon, the public information officer for the Highway Patrol, added that the amber lights on the school bus were flashing when the accident happened, but the red ones were not because the bus was not at a full stop.

Authorities said the girl died at the scene. No other injures were reported.

Gordon said charges are not likely to be filed against the driver of the car because the school bus' red lights were not on, the car was not speeding, and it was dark outside.

The school bus, number 1351, was headed to Garner Magnet High School. Another bus was called to the scene to take the six other students who were on board to school.

"The Wake County School systems' thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends of the student," a statement sent out by school officials Monday morning read.

Wake County Schools has dispatched its Crisis Response team to the school to provide counseling and other assistance as needed.