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Man charged with hitting girl, passing school bus

Posted March 4, 2010

— A 24-year-old Raleigh man is accused of passing a stopped school bus, hitting a 7-year-old girl and then fleeing the scene on Wednesday, according to an arrest warrant.

Carlos Martinez-Garcia, of 3000-67 Stonybrook Drive, faces charges of felony hit-and-run, failure to stop for a school bus and driving without a valid license.

Police spokesman Laura Hourigan said the girl was knocked to the ground at 3000 Stonybrook Drive around 10:30 a.m. She was fine, Hourigan said.

Information about what school the girl attends was not immediately available.

Martinez-Garcia was being held in the Wake County jail Thursday under a $6,000 bond.


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  • hometechnc Mar 4, 2010

    $6000 Bond ??? ....for Felony Hit and Run? Sonofa....only in North Carolina.

    And once his friends put up the 10%, we'll never see him again...at least not under the name Carlos Martinez-Garcia!

  • southrenbell222 Mar 4, 2010

    Bond is low, especially with all those charges. Our wonder justice system at work. By the way, I am glad that this child survived. Seems to be most important. Second is to really try to enforce some safety.

  • magsgundah Mar 4, 2010

    "OK, now I'm confused... Are you trying to say when the "Killer" is a little old white lady? If so don't look now but your ignorance is showing.."

    My ignorance is showing?

    I'll say it clearly. If the killer had not been a little old white lady, but say, a 25-year-old male of any other color her sentence would have been MUCH stiffer.

    And of course, if Ashley had been white, not Hispanic, well, that might have made the sentence even more serious.

    But, when the person who mows down the child and calls it nothing more than a thud, and lies about the bus lights malfunctioning is a little old white lady, well, we let her off scot-free. And she doesn't even apologize to the child's parents, but somehow we sympathize with the killer instead of the child's family.

  • TomLynda Mar 4, 2010


    You are correct. I too have traveled to other states, and a lot take the school zones very, very seriously. Wish to God that would happen here in North Carolina, especially Wake County.

  • TomLynda Mar 4, 2010


    I'll agree with that. When a School Bus is stopped, with the lights on and sign out, the chances that a child will be crossing the road are almost 100%. Unless it's a 4 lane divided road, and even then children have been know to cross.

    So, passing said bus should constitute attempted murder.

    Now, let's see how that can be spun.....

  • Eaglekeeper Mar 4, 2010

    When I lived in Arizona, the laws were much more strict and they were enforced much stronger. Speeding through a school zone was a serious offense there. The speed limit was 15 MPH and they will ticket you for 16 MPH. You also are not allowed to pass in a school zone. For example, if a car is doing 10 MPH and you are doing 14MPH and over take the other car, you will be cited. It was very common to see LEO's at school zones. If I remember right, the fine was $150. I could have even been more. Speeding through a school zone out there wasn't something you wanted to mess with. Here in North Carolina, we need to crack down better on this problem. I do a lot of traveling through Wake County all day long. I observe the school zone speeds and routinely have drivers pass me. It's very frustrating.
    I hope the little girl will be ok.

  • TomLynda Mar 4, 2010


    You have a point there, but then the children would be walking down the middle of the street, or crossing before crossings, etc.

  • albarfieldfaync Mar 4, 2010

    I think anyone passing a stopped school bus and hitting a child should be prosecuted for attempted murder, or in the unfortunate circumstance murder if a child is hit or not. That's what potential there is when one passes a stopped school bus.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Mar 4, 2010

    Love your handle, EGBDF. :-) And, I hear ya about how you act and expect others to act. But, that's a lot of expectation. LOL

    Here in the U.S., we have The Constitution and our Rule of Law. IMO, these are good things to have. Should we really throw all of that out the window?...and treat people differently merely because of their looks & sounds?

  • Garnerwolf1 Mar 4, 2010

    "If we did away with school buses we wouldn't have this problem." I nominate this for stupid statement of the week.