HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - A Conway Middle School student was struck by a vehicle Friday while at a school bus stop, officials said.
The incident happened on Highway 19 near Inland Drive around 7:00 a.m, according to Cpl. Sonny Collins with the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
Lisa Bourcier, Horry County Schools spokesperson, said the student was taken to a local hospital for possible injuries.
The driver of a minivan disregarded the school bus stop sign as the student was walking to the bus, Collins said. He added the driver is charged with disregarding the school bus stop arm.
Nick Cifolili was waiting for his own daughter to get on the bus just like any other morning. He said after what he saw Friday, everyone needs to be more cautious when a school bus sticks out its stop arm.
The morning started out like any other for Cifolili and his daughter Nichol. The school bus slowed to a stop across the street from their house on Highway 19.
Nichol, a Conway Middle School student, walked to get on the bus. She said she was the first one to cross the street and saw the minivan approaching.
She said the van didn’t stop but slowed down for her. Then, the crash happened.
"I hear a loud crash and so I look over to see what was going on, and I see my friend on the floor screaming and stuff like that," Nichol said.
A spokesperson with Horry County school says on average they see two to four cases each day in Horry County where drivers don’t properly stop for school busses. That spokesperson adds it typically happens in the afternoon and in more crowded areas.
However, this was neither. Cifolili said he thinks drivers just need to be more patient.
"It’s not going to hold you up that much longer,” he said. “I mean these children are 12 years old. I mean they’ve been crossing this road back and forth for a while, but it just goes to show that you really need to still pay attention to what’s going on. It could be the difference of someone getting hit or killed.”