Teen driver charged with hitting child at school bus stop

Teen driver charged with hitting child at school bus stop (Image 1)

A Hendersonville teenage has been charged with felony hit and run after police say he passed a stopped school bus Tuesday morning and hit a middle school student.

Police charged Jonah Wesley VanDoren, 17, of Hendersonville, with felony hit and run resulting in injury and felony passing a stopped school bus striking a person.

The Hendersonville Police Department said VanDoren hit a 12-year-old Hendersonville Middle School student at a school bus stop around 7:44 a.m. on Tuesday. VanDoren then left the scene and went to West Henderson High School, where he turned himself in to his principal, police said.

Police said the injured 12-year-old was taken to Pardee Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries.

VanDoren was released from the Henderson County Detention Center on a $6,000 secured bond.

According to the Department of Public Instruction, 3,153 vehicles pass stopped school buses on a single day. More than a dozen children have died simply trying to get to and from school.

WNCN is encouraging everyone to spread the word. Tell your friends, your family members, and most importantly talk to your kids. Spread the word on social media using #Brake4Buses. You could save a life.

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