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Boy in stable condition after being hit at bus stop

Posted November 2, 2011

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— An 8-year-old Moore County boy was in stable condition Wednesday afternoon after a pickup truck hit him while he was getting on a school bus.

Tim Lussier, a spokesman for Moore County Schools, said the boy, whom authorities identified as Slayton Maness, a third-grader at Robbins Elementary School, was in the intensive care unit at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

He did not elaborate on the boy's condition, but Daryl Barber, a trooper with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, said Slayton was alert at the scene of the wreck.

Investigators say Slayton had stepped out into North Moore Road – about a mile north of Robbins – around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday as the school bus was approaching the stop.

The truck's driver, Billy Joe Binkley, of Bonlee, told authorities that he saw the bus' flashing lights and slowed down but that he did not see the boy. He won't face any charges, Barber said.

Robbins Elementary, meanwhile, had extra counselors available to talk with students Wednesday, Lussier said, and the school also sent a letter home to parents informing them about the wreck.

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  • hollymic Nov 3, 2011

    I do go with my 8 year old daughter to the bus stop. I see people speed by me BEFORE the bus even gets into the subdivision. I have seen one person fly by when the bus was not completely stopped at the end of my road. The speed limit in my subdivision is 25. I see folks do 40 down the main road which is where our bus stop is.

  • soyousay Nov 3, 2011

    I can see where he or his auto insurance company would have a good case against the parents for damage to his vehicle

    evidently your vision is impaired

  • SueInNC Nov 3, 2011

    That's good news that he's in stable condition. I hope he continues to improve, and I hope parents everywhere will take note to make sure their children do not start to cross the road until the bus is fully stopped with red flashers and stop sign and that all approaching traffic is also stopped. It's unfortunate that he was hit and unfortunate for the driver. I follow a few buses about 13 miles during my morning commute and I'm always so outraged when cars keep going or even speed up when the bus starts flashing the yellow lights. Yellow, last I checked!, means slow down.

  • lizzz38 Nov 3, 2011

    I thinkway too many people treat flashing amber lights on a school bus like an amber traffic light- speed up and get past it before it turns red! I used to watch car after car do that as my middle-schooler waited to get on the bus on a busy road in Durham. The speed limit is 40, but people frequently speed well over 55. It was appalling. People have no respect for the bus- it is just an inconvenience to them because they have to STOP.

  • btneast Nov 3, 2011

    All I can say is the man is might lucky. I thought a charge of failure to reduce speed to avoid and accident at least should apply here.

    ....you didn't read the article....the driver DID slow down. The red flashing lights were not on, only amber.

  • btneast Nov 3, 2011

    School buses do put their flashing lights on well before a stop,

    .....no, all of them don't....they should , but quite a few don't. I have seen many go from yellow lights, then to red, then to a stop all in under 5 seconds.

  • Here2tellya Nov 3, 2011

    PARENTS: Stand with your kids at the bus stop. Geeze. This could have turned out a whole lot worse. Glad lil man is ok.

  • momof3boysand1girl Nov 3, 2011

    Prayers to all involved and my God see fit for Slayton to have a full recovery!

  • mfarmer1 Nov 2, 2011

    trublondmom715

    Flashing yellow lights don't mean stop, flashing red lights mean stop. And the bus was not flashing red lights.

  • mfarmer1 Nov 2, 2011

    Fuquay Resident, Please

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