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Apex boy hit by car at bus stop: 'I'm lucky to be alive'

Posted October 7, 2014

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— The memories of the wreck that sidelined Michael Burgess Jr. are still as fresh for the 11-year-old as if it had happened yesterday.

It was a week ago that the West Lake Middle School sixth-grader was crossing Johnson Pond Road near Apex to get on his school bus when, authorities say, a teen driver going about 30 mph hit him with her car.

He's now out of the hospital but still faces a long road to recovery.

"They say I'm lucky to be alive," the boy said Tuesday. "I'm lucky to be here now."

The wreck, Burgess says, happened so fast. The bus had stopped, the lights were flashing, the stop sign and yellow bar were out.

Burgess says he stepped into the road, looked to his left and he just knew.

"It was going really fast, and it didn't look like it was going to stop," he said.

He landed in a ditch, his father says, about 30 feet from where he was hit.

"I was scared and frightened," the boy said.

The driver, Lindsey Tight, 16, who was on her way to school, told authorities she didn't see the stopped school bus in the morning fog. She was cited for failure to reduce speed and passing a stopped school bus.

Burgess's forehead is still swollen and is covered in scabs. He suffered a skull fracture. Bandages cover his right arm and left knee.

The real blessing, his father says, is that the injuries could have been a lot worse if his son's body tightened up instead of going limp.

"He's a miracle child," Burgess Sr. said.


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  • Kreader7 Oct 8, 2014

    According to previous stories, the bus driver saw the oncoming car and had a split second to honk her horn as a warning. The other two pedestrians heard the horn from the bus and saw the oncoming car. She may not have been distracted by her phone, etc. but she she still hit this little boy. Yes, it was an accident but there should be some accountablity for this. If the bus driver noticed the oncoming car and honked then the teen driver should have had a second to notice the bus. I realize this was an accident but maybe she's not ready to be driving unsupervised.

  • diana123 Oct 8, 2014

    look both ways

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Oct 8, 2014

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    Really? C'mon. If you could have prevented this child from hit by a 3000 lb chunk of metal traveling at 30MPH...would you have? I know that I would. But, if I didn't prevent it, and I could have, would you still honor me?

    Instead, can we concentrate on using human means to prevent these sorts of things from recurring? Maybe take this driver's license for a year, increase licensing education (yes, that costs money), putting some sort of audible warning indicator or ultra-bright strobe light on buses, ... yadda yadda.

  • Bernadette Dan Unger Oct 8, 2014
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    Sure must have been pretty foggy to not see those bright flashing lights. If that was the case, why wasn't she driving at about 10 mph? More like she was doing something other than driving the car. And no, I do not feel sorry for the driver

  • ecp1951 Oct 8, 2014

    Praise God that he is alive and will be ok. The girl needs our prayers as well as she will have to live with this the rest of her life.

  • madcoat1 Oct 8, 2014

    I'm amazed about the comments regarding the 16 year old who hit the kid. She was at fault... point blank. She was not paying attention. I don't care if she was on the phone or fixing her hair in the mirror. She didn't stop. And the lame story about the fog.... PLEASE.... Stop trying to protect the guilty.... No matter what age. It's unfortunate that we now live in a world of affluency. Kid's should be held accountable also.

  • sharonmontour Oct 8, 2014

    Terrifying.... my own grandson was hit about a year ago, and thankfully he too is ok. BUT... we need to start teaching our children responsibility. Look both ways, stay out of the road and so on. Yes, the girl should have stopped for the bus, but she isn't the only one with a responsibility here. BE CAREFUL out there - drivers AND kids at the bus stops!!!!

  • Grand Union Oct 8, 2014

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    They should be doing that anyways........

  • tiglets135 Oct 7, 2014

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    her phone hadn't been turned on since she left in the morning.

  • tiglets135 Oct 7, 2014

    The girl was not on her phone or texting. Police report confirmed this. I'm glad the boy is doing okay but come on people there are 2 families involved. This was an ACCIDENT. Why do we still need to rehashing this. The boy thankfully is going to be okay and even if the father says he will have psychological effects, so will the girl.