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Nash child hit by truck at school bus stop

Posted March 2, 2011

— A pickup truck hit an 11-year-old boy in Nash County Wednesday as he was crossing the street to board a school bus, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. 

Jimmy Winstead, a student at Nashville Elementary, was struck in the face by the passenger-side mirror on the truck and was taken to Nash General Hospital to be treated for a broken nose.

The driver of the pickup, Stephen Workey of Nashville, was traveling in the opposite direction of the school bus on Nelms Lane, which is a two-lane road. Troopers said Winstead darted into traffic before the bus came to a complete stop.

Workey swerved to avoid hitting Winstead, troopers said.

No charges were filed.


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  • lakenbelle Mar 2, 2011

    Pretty obvious the child ran right into the side of the car... "...struck by passenger mirror'... The problem is when children aren't supervised at bus stops and just dart out when they see the bus before the stop sign is out and the bus is completely stopped... Either way, glad child was not badly injured!

  • cattailcabin Mar 2, 2011

    Love how WRAL stirs the pot with their stories... BEFORE they have the FACTS, they make it sound as if the rogue driver just ran past a stopped school bus and hit an innocent child. THEN, they DO get the facts and it turns out the driver was trying to AVOID the child when he darted out before the school bus had stopped. The driver probably would have killed him had he not reacted as quickly as he did.

  • Rockermom Mar 2, 2011

    The article read as if the child darted into traffic, so maybe the bus wasn't stopped yet and/or the arm wasn't out. If that's the case, the driver is not at fault.

  • NCStatePack Mar 2, 2011

    I think since they haven't charged him yet means there's discrepancies in the witnesses' stories about whether the bus's flashers were on or not. I'd be interested to know whether or not they were on according to the witnesses.

  • lilylogansmom Mar 2, 2011

    "Troopers were interviewing witnesses Wednesday afternoon and had not yet decided whether to file charges." The deciding factor should have been when the man didnt stop for the stopped school bus, and the child was hit. He didnt obey a simple traffic law, the child got hit, thankfully he didnt get killed. The man should be charged.

  • hallmark Mar 2, 2011

    Hope the child recovers. No one should ever pass a school bus with the lights flashing and the stop arm out but I have seen some school buses in Raleigh on 4 lane roads that start slowing down about 300 yards from the bus stop and then don't put out the stop arm until cars going in the same direction as the bus in the lane are almost past the front of the bus. How is this person to stop when there is a delay in putting the arm out?

  • acp327 Mar 2, 2011

    "Sound Tech" posted:

    "I don't know where WRAL gets its information from but Nelms Lane in Nashville is one lane dirt path and no school bus travels this path."

    Yeah, thanks for pointing that out. I just did a map search and it appears you're right. Maybe it was at the intersection of Red Oak?

  • Sound Tech Mar 2, 2011

    I don't know where WRAL gets its information from but Nelms Lane in Nashville is one lane dirt path and no school bus travels this path.

  • rayh Mar 2, 2011

    assault with a deadly weapon, failure to yeild, reckless driving...the possibilities are endless. He will be charged, it's just a matter of what with.

  • Killian Mar 2, 2011

    If the bus driver was accurate and the arm/lights were deployed, there should be no guessing here. The driver is liable.