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Driver who hit boy at bus stop placed on probation

Posted March 23, 2010

— An Apex woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to passing a stopped school bus last year and hitting a 12-year-old boy.

Rita Braman, 51, of 2412 Optimist Farm Road, was sentenced to 45 days in jail, which was suspended to one year on unsupervised probation.

Cary police said Joey Liptak, a Carnage Middle School student, was crossing Penny Road at Crickentree Drive on March 13, 2009, when Braman struck him. Liptak was treated at and released from WakeMed.

Police said the school bus' safety arm was out and its lights were flashing, and Braman approached from the opposite direction and failed to stop.


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  • ncmickey Mar 23, 2010

    She looks like she could handle herself in jail....

  • mochabrown Mar 23, 2010

    Let me guess, she probably was on the cell phone.

  • coffeecup Mar 23, 2010

    Maybe she'll clock the judge's or defense attorney's kid next time. Somebody they care about.

  • antb Mar 23, 2010

    45 day...suspended...ridiculous!

  • Valkyrie Mar 23, 2010

    The article makes it sound like Joey was treated and released the same day, when in fact he spent several days in the hospital and the entire summer on restricted activities.

    This was not a minor accident.

  • sneeziegal Mar 23, 2010

    Gee. I hope that's really fear and remorse on her face disguised as disgust and crabbiness.