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Girl hit boarding Durham school bus

Posted March 23, 2011

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— Durham police charged 34-year-old Carlos Bethea with passing a stopped school bus Wednesday after he hit a teen headed to Riverside High School.

Police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said the bus was stopped on North Elizabeth Street near Liberty Street with the arm out and red lights flashing. The teen was headed for the bus door when Bethea hit her.

The girl was treated at the scene for minor injuries, Michael said. 

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  • Jack Flash Mar 24, 2011

    "@ jackflash123, nothing tricky about it. Yellow flashing means prepare to stop, it doesn't mean 'this is your chance to pass real quick'."

    ~kenshi

    Uh, yeah, thanks, kenshi. The thing is, yellow traffic lights stay in one place. School buses w/ flashing yellow lights sometimes continue rolling. I can "prepare" to stop, but if the yellow light is moving toward me, I would kind of have to slam my brakes on to actually stop. And then there's the bus driver who keeps the yellows on and doesn't put the sign out who is trying to let you pass.
    There's gray area.

  • westernwake1 Mar 24, 2011

    @bohica2 - After your child is run down by a bicyclist and taken to the hospital we can have a discussion. During my 20+ years in Cary, I have yet to see a single bicyclist stop for a school bus with flashing lights. Most disobey all the other traffic rules involving stop signs, red lights, and right of way. Apparently bicyclists have more "rights" than the motorists when it comes to "sharing the road".... at least in their minds.

  • bohica2 Mar 24, 2011

    Just as bad as the cars blowing past stopped school buses are the bicyclists. - westernwake1

    Oh yeah, that's it, it's the bicyclists that are causing the problem with kids getting hit by cars at bus stops. Wow, just wow. I guess all bicyclists are the same, just as all motorists are the same.

  • sniperdiver Mar 23, 2011

    Charge him with Assault With A deadly Weapon inficting serious injury. The school bus was stopped with red lights flashing and arm extended. This means people loading and unloading the bus. Its the least the courts can do, I am sure this guy don't have any assets for the family to obtain from a civil suit in efforts to compensate for damages such as medical bills to say the least.

  • 426X3 Mar 23, 2011

    Hey! Don't you know in North Carolina when you see a yellow light, no matter where it is flashing, you are supposed to push the gas pedal all the way to the floor!!

  • hellorhighwaters Mar 23, 2011

    Very Good Point! ...Knight874.....it does not matter what color the light on the bus was .... slow down, and prepare to stop.
    Of course children are near by, it's a school bus. Duh!! Who rides the school buses....Duh...CHILDREN!!!

    Slow down---Stop----And Wait!

  • andreanicole686 Mar 23, 2011

    What is a matter with people? Doesn't everyone know you slow down when you see it changing to yellow and STOP when the lights on the bus turn red? Geez, some people.

  • 2Pir8s Mar 23, 2011

    Ironically, today is the day that NC DPI counts to see how many buses are passed in a single day.

  • Knight874 Mar 23, 2011

    The bottom line is be cautious around the school buses and whether or not it is the yellow lights flashing or the red lights flashing there is the potential for children to near so don't try to pass the bus.

  • jollyrogered Mar 23, 2011

    Thank god she wasnt more seriously injured!

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