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.
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.
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.