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Driver Charged When Boy Hit Getting Off School Bus

Posted March 4, 2008

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— A 5-year-old boy was expected to survive after getting hit by a car Monday after getting off his school bus, state troopers said. The car's driver was facing charges.

Carlos Bigler III was thrown to the pavement and suffered a fractured skull and laceration after he was struck by the car's passenger side mirror and door, authorities said. He was flown to Pitt Memorial Hospital, and was expected to survive.

Investigators say Chirley Gay couldn't stop, swerved to miss the stopped bus on Castalia Road and hit Carlos. The boy’s parents and siblings saw the wreck.

Gay was charged with passing a stopped school bus, driving with a revoked license, driving with no insurance, not having her license plate properly attached, having an inspection violation, driving with unsafe tires, driving with defective brakes, failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident and having drug paraphernalia in the car.

She was taken into custody on the scene, but later posted $2,500 bond.

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  • GetRight Mar 5, 2008

    Ya know, I hope the folks involved in the legal process nail this woman's behind. People make mistakes. Sometimes we all break the speed limit some or push a yellow/red light a little farther than is prudent or whatever. I believe a person with a good /clean record should be shown some slack when they mess up... but when someone demonstrates flagrant disregard for themselves and everyone else around them on the road like fools driving on the interstate like they're in a video game or like this woman that the full force of the law should be applied. When I was a foolish teen I was probably a lot like this woman. Thank God I never hurt anyone. But when I demonstrated that I was not likely to change A judge sent me to jail for 100 days, 10 of them in a state penitentiary. While there I was faced with the seriousness of may actions, got saved and have never done any of the illegal, stupid stuff I used to do on a daily basis. That was more than 20 years ago.

    Lock her up!

  • big dady Mar 5, 2008

    $2500 BOND THIS IS CRAZY,THIS GUY AMOST KILL A LITTLE BOY IN HE IS FREE,

  • grenlyn1 Mar 4, 2008

    "Gay was charged with passing a stopped school bus, driving with a revoked license, driving with no insurance, not having her license plate properly attached, having an inspection violation, driving with unsafe tires, driving with defective brakes, failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident and having drug paraphernalia in the car."
    My goodness..and the bond was ONLY 2500 BUCKS? absolutely absurb!!! My prayers ware with the little boy and his family. He is one lucky young man.

  • juliemc58 Mar 4, 2008

    I feel they never should have let her post bail. She needs to be in jail to think about what she did. She also disobeyed many laws. She may leave the area to avoid a trial. Hope she doesn't. Hope the boy continues to recover.

  • iron fist Mar 4, 2008

    myself if it happens once its to often, I don't see it where I live

  • hilesfamily Mar 4, 2008

    not only should she have had a higher bond to post, but hopefully she will not be able to drive for a very long time. She could have killed this child. Prayers for all involved - God knows Gay needs them too.

  • myself Mar 4, 2008

    iron fist-

    I clearly remember numerous times when people passed my stopped school bus when I was in school-I'm 23 now. My bus driver would get so mad and would try to get their plate numbers, but they usually passed so fast, she couldn't. I live in Holly Springs now and there is quite often a PO patroling my neighborhood because of complaints from bus drivers about cars passing them. I know because I called the PD to find out why the officer was patroling my quiet neighbor. It does happen, too often.

  • mmafighterwife Mar 4, 2008

    2500 that is ridiculous. This person should not have been able to even come close to posting a bond. I don't understand our justice system maybe I am missing something somewhere, but to me that is really low for everything WRAL listed she did. My prayers are with this family of the little boy.

  • haggis basher Mar 4, 2008

    $2500.00 bail? Is that all?

    I assume they think she is a low flight risk. The amount is fairly irrelevent here as she probably has near zero in any case.

  • Meandmytwo Mar 4, 2008

    There has got to be a siffer law for repeated offenders. She needs to spend a lot of thime behind bars. Come on judge, only $2,500. This is no sense after all those chargers. I bet today, her behind is sober. My prayers are with the child and family. Praying for a quick recovery.

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