Student was riding bike when hit by car at North Myrtle Beach High School, officials say

Published: Aug. 23, 2023 at 9:29 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 23, 2023 at 11:14 PM EDT
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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - Horry County Schools confirmed a student was hurt in a crash on Wednesday morning.

Horry County Fire Rescue and South Carolina Highway Patrol responded just before 8 a.m. to North Myrtle Beach High School.

LCpl. Lena Butler said a bicyclist was stopped along Sea Mountain Highway when the driver of an SUV collided with the bicyclist. Lisa Bourcier, a spokesperson for Horry County Schools, confirmed it was a North Myrtle Beach High School student who was hit.

Horry County Fire Rescue took the student to the hospital and that person is expected to be OK.

While the student is expected to be okay, parents like Jessica Robertson are worried about this happening again.

“There’s trucks that come down here and like I said, there’s buses,” said Robertson. “So like what if they got hit by one of those instead of a car? it’s gonna even worse than what a car hit is gonna be.”

North Myrtle Beach Police Public Information Officer Pat Wilkinson said it’s more important than ever to pay attention in school zones.

The Children’s safety is our number one concern,” said Wilkinson. “You’re gonna have children that are trying to cross across the crosswalks, or trying to pull out of the school itself. There’s gonna be congestion there, there’s not really much we can do about it, however, the public can plan accordingly.”

Wilkinson said that the public should know that congestion takes place around 7 a.m. when people start arriving at school and 2:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. when it gets out.

The Horry County School District is also emphasizing caution as the school year starts.

“We are thankful that the student did not sustain any major injuries, and we want to remind parents and students to please use extra caution on the roadways in the mornings and afternoons to maintain a safe environment for everyone,” said Bourcier.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating.