Boy in stable condition after being hit at bus stop
Posted November 2, 2011
Robbins, N.C. — 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.