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Child struck by vehicle waiting for school bus: 'I thought it wasn't real'

Posted September 20

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— An 11-year-old boy waiting for a bus in Raleigh on Tuesday morning was struck by a vehicle that was trying to pass other cars, authorities said.

Henry Cruz-Orellana was standing on the side of Louisburg Road at Casine Court around 7:30 a.m., according to troopers, when a vehicle driven by a 16-year-old tried to pass the other cars. The driver, identified as Jordan Nobles, ran off the roadway, hit a concrete divider and lost control of the vehicle.

“When I saw the car coming onto the pavement, that’s when I tried to run because I was right on the middle of where the car was aiming so I ran and they hit both my feet and I tumbled over the car,” Cruz-Orellana said.

Police said Cruz-Orellana sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to WakeMed. He suffered a fracture knee and several other bruises and scrapes. He expects to return to school in a few weeks.

With crutches by his side Tuesday night, Cruz-Orellana said nothing about the ordeal felt real when it was happening.

“When I was flipping over, I thought it was a dream. I don’t know how to explain it. I thought it wasn’t real,” he said.

A spokeswoman for Wake County schools said the district is conducting an investigation and looking at location and overall safety of the bus stop where the incident occurred. She said changing the location of the stop would involve routing specials to look into the situation.

“I think this is like a lesson for them to change it,” Cruz-Orellana said.

Nobles was charged with exceeding the posted speed limit and improper passing.


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  • Anita Gibson Sep 20, 6:08 p.m.
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    It's the same thing I tell my daughter, especially in winter if the roads are bad. We lived in Maine for a number of years so we are accustomed to driving on the bad roads. It's not her driving that bothers me it's the other folks out there that are clueless and inattentive. My grandson and I were hit on I 40 the other night. The truck just came right into our lane like we weren't even there. I saw him coming and had already taken evasive measures but he still made contact. It only got my side mirror before he jerked back but then sped off. I can't tell you how many times we, as well as others, have been ran off the road by texting drivers.

  • James Hicks Sep 20, 4:18 p.m.
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    It isn't just young, inexperienced drivers. I'm on the road at least 8 hours a day and the stuff I see people constantly doing is pretty hairy. The last time I was stopped waiting on a school bus, the guy behind me was so impatient and inattentive that he just figured I was stopped sitting in the middle of the road... because I liked looking at the tree I guess. He floored the gas, went zooming around me and had to slam on brakes to stop from running over kids. True story. It's like I tell my wife, I'm not worried about my driving (only one accident in 45 years... someone ran a stop sign in front of me), it's the other idjits out there you have to watch out for.

    Seriously people: take a chill pill, be safe, put down the phone, and pay attention to what the heck is going on in front of you!

  • Alfred Barnes Sep 20, 3:31 p.m.
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    Yeah, throw him under the jail!


    I hope the child recovers quickly, and the young driver learns their lesson, however painful. Thankfully, no one was hurt worse.

  • Sara Hauser Sep 20, 3:29 p.m.
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    somebody should have gotten up earlier to get to school and not have been in such a hurry-they could have killed that child.

  • Rachael Garner Sep 20, 2:34 p.m.
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    The 16 year old driver should have his name published and license taken away. I hope the child he hit recovers quickly.