Family settles with WCPSS after student dies at bus stop

GARNER, N.C. (WNCN) – The family of a 14-year-old Garner High School girl hit and killed while walking to her school bus in March 2013 has agreed to a $150,000 settlement with the Wake County Public School System.

Maria Fernandez Jimenez was killed on March 25, 2013 near N.C. Highway 50 and J.R. Drive in Garner, near the Johnston County line at approximately 6:30 a.m.

The Highway Patrol said the accident happened in front of the Jimenez’s home, and the bus lights had amber lights flashing but not red lights. The red flashing lights don’t activate until the bus completely stops and the door opens.

Officials said the Jimenez’s 16-year-old brother was a few steps behind her and two other students were on the other side of street waiting to get on the bus. Six students were already on the bus.

Alcohol and speed were not factors and no charges were filed against the driver.

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