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Biker Injured in Collision With School Bus

Posted March 28, 2007
Updated March 29, 2007

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— A teen riding a dirt bike was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon after colliding head-on with a school bus in north Raleigh, police said.

Witnesses said the bus driver swerved to avoid the collision as the biker rounded a curve but was unsuccessful. The rider hit the front of the bus and the windshield, they said.

Julian Thaxton, 17, who wasn't wearing a helmet, was taken to WakeMed for treatment, where he was in fair but stable condition late Wednesday.

The wreck occurred on Brandyapple Drive, which is off Sawmill Road between Six Forks and Lead Mine roads.

Thirty-two students were on the bus at the time of the accident, but none of them was hurt, police said. All of the students were put on another bus to complete the trip home.

"Everybody was, like, crying," said Dereka Harris, an 11-year-old student on the bus. "He was coming toward the bus really fast ... and then I saw he hit the windshield."


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  • magnus Apr 5, 2007

    Well I saw him limping out of his mother's SUV yesterday so I take it he's doing pretty well.

  • Dereka Mar 31, 2007

    and the person who screen name is pray for juju the bus driver was not at falt she completly stopped the bus

  • Dereka Mar 31, 2007

    i hope he doesn't think some of this was his falt and the bus drivers falt. Because i have had her for millions of years and never in a accident. nobody is at falt. the devil was trying to get him, but the devil has to know the code to get in. thank god he lived

  • PrayforJuJu Mar 30, 2007

    That is def. my boyfriend of nine months and personally i think its rude how people are askin were his mother is. people make mistakes everyone should just be glad he is okay. no need to make him look like the bad guy when the bus hit him.

  • rider Mar 29, 2007

    One thing for sure, the youg man on the bike and the others on the bus were being watched out for. I am glad to hear that all will be ok.
    Not that wearing a helmet would have prevented the incident but it may have been a blessing that he was not wearing one. Considering placement of the chin strap and the weight of a helmet the force of impact could have been increased enough to break his neck.

  • Ruskie Mar 29, 2007

    Friends and family check out this song for julian my close friend see if u like it at this website http://www.myspace.com/youngd732

  • MarketingMom Mar 29, 2007

    Well said, jtnippon. I know Julian's Mom and I can honestly say that I've never met a finer person. I can only imagine what she and her entire family have been going through these last few days. Kids - Hang in there and tell your Mom that me and Blue Eyes are keeping each of you in our prayers. God Bless.

  • Ruskie Mar 29, 2007

    I made a song for Julian luv you bro here it is at this website http://www.myspace.com/youngd732

  • jtnippon Mar 29, 2007

    Julian's brother Justin is one of my best friends. I know Julian and he can be careless and reckless, but no one is deserving of being physically injured. He made a mistake and that was his fault, but he did nothing to deserve it, nor does he deserve comments from people who don't know him or his family at all to make baseless comments about his intelligence. We were all teenagers once and we all made mistakes. Wouldn't you be upset if someone came to you and told you that you deserved to be in the hospital? I feel really bad for Justin though, he's in the Navy and he was supposed to be going to San Diego today for the start of his Navy career. Now he has this unfortunate circumstance to worry about. My prayers are with Justin, Julian, and the rest of his family.

  • Ruskie Mar 29, 2007

    Ok now i know Julian and i have met his family once or twice before i dont know if they remeber me though i was that talk white dude with long hair named Daniel...But Julian i've known him for so long and he's like a brother and his mom is great and his entire family so stop saying she's a mother cause she's not ok...its just another accident...and julian im writing you a song and im gonna try to come see u next week and I PRAY that ur OK...DANIEL S.