Fifth-grade stu­dent struck by mo­torist

A fifth-grade stu­dent was struck by a mo­torist while pre­par­ing to get on a school bus in East Brad­ford.

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Pete Ban­nan pban­nan@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @pe­te­ban­nan on Twit­ter

An ele­men­tary school stu­dent was trans­ported to Paoli Hos­pi­tal with what po­lice termed as non­life- threat­en­ing in­juries af­ter be­ing struck by a mo­torist while pre­par­ing to get on a school bus at Al­le­giance Drive and Birm­ing­ham Road in East Brad­ford Thurs­day morn­ing.

West Ch­ester po­lice said the mo­torist re­port­edly drove through the red flash­ing lights on the school bus, which was stopped to pick the child up at 8:41 a.m. when the in­ci­dent oc­curred.

Good Fel­low­ship EMS and area paramedics treated the child and trans­ported him to the hos­pi­tal.

West Ch­ester Area School Dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent Jim Scan­lon said in an email that the fifth-grade male stu­dent was hit by a mo­torist while board­ing the bus and that he was awake and alert.

Po­lice had Birm­ing­ham Road closed and could be seen test­ing the speed of a Toy­ota Scion fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent. Po­lice could be seen hold­ing the bro­ken pas­sen­ger side mir­ror of the car.

Po­lice said in a news re­lease that the driver of the ve­hi­cle was co­op­er­a­tive and will­ingly sub­mit­ted to a blood test.

A Krapf school bus of­fi­cial was also on lo­ca­tion but was not avail­able for com­ment.

In Oc­to­ber, as part of Na­tional School Bus Safety Week, West Ch­ester Area School Dis­trict of­fi­cials and stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in “Op­er­a­tion Safe Stop” to ed­u­cate mo­torists that pass­ing a stopped school bus is dan­ger­ous and il­le­gal.

If con­victed, a mo­torist faces a $250 fine, five points on his or her driv­ing record, and a 60-day li­cense sus­pen­sion for pass­ing a stop school bus with red lights flash­ing.

Po­lice ask any­one who wit­nessed the in­ci­dent to con­tact Pa­trol­man Gerald DiNun­zio at 610-696-2700.

PETE BAN­NAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

West Ch­ester po­lice in­ves­ti­gate af­ter a male stu­dent was hit by a mo­torist while pre­par­ing to get on a school bus at Al­le­giance Drive and Birm­ing­ham Road in East Brad­ford Thurs­day morn­ing.

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