RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Wake County Schools changed the location of a bus stop after an 11-year-old boy was hit by a car before school Tuesday.
Rolesville Middle School student Henry Cruz was hit while standing at the stop at Casine Court and U.S. 401/Louisburg Road.
Cruz lost a tooth and suffered a fractured knee in the collision. A 16-year-old Rolesville High student has been charged in connection with the incident.
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Wednesday morning, the stop at Casine Court and Louisburg Road was empty except for a school system official assessing stop.
The stop was moved to the intersection of Casine Court and Old Stone Way, off of U.S. 401, Wake Schools said.
Neighbors said they’ve expressed concerns to Wake County Schools about the location of the bus stop for a decade or more.
“It was just a matter of time,” Leslie Archambault-Shaw said. “You have a six-lane highway, 55 miles an hour. People use that turning lane as a passing lane. You run the statistics, it was just a matter of time before a child go hit.”
Jordan Nobles is charged with exceeding the posted speed and improper passing, officials said.
Noble was driving a Honda Accord northbound on Louisburg Road when he attempted to pass a line of cars by using the right turning lane, officials said.
When Nobleran out of road, he overcorrected and hit Cruz as he was waiting for the bus.
“The car actually hit both my feet as I was trying to get away from the car,” Cruz said.
Noble’s Accord ended up in a ditch.
Following the accident Tuesday, Wake Schools said adjustments would be made to the stop.
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