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Cary boy hit by truck at school bus stop

Posted March 13, 2009
Updated March 14, 2009

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— A pickup truck hit a a Carnage Middle School sixth-grader at a bus stop Friday morning in Cary, sending him to the hospital.

Police said that shortly before 7 a.m., a burgundy Ford Ranger pickup struck Joey Liptak, 12, as he was crossing the 10400 block of Penny Road, at Crickentree Drive, east of Kildaire Farm Road.

Bus-stop wreck injures boy, 12 Bus-stop wreck injures boy, 12

Neighbors said that the boy and other students were waiting for the school bus outside Oak Grove Elementary School. The bus was late, so they crossed Penny Road to get a ride from a parent. Before they got into a car, though, the bus arrived.

While the students crossed Penny Road again, the pickup hit the boy.

"I saw this car hitting this child, and the child was flying probably 4 or 5 feet in the air," said Marin Boieru, who saw the wreck while driving his daughter to school. "We were both screaming, and I opened the door, and I scream at them. I say, you should stop at bus stops."

The pickup's driver, Rita Braman, 50, and a male passenger stopped and waited with the boy until paramedics arrived, police said.

The boy was transported by ambulance to WakeMed, accompanied by his parents. He was being care for in the intensive-care unit. Hospital officials said they boy was in fair condition and had non-life-threatening injuries.

Police talked to Braman at the scene. She was treated at a local hospital for stress and anxiety over the wreck.

Police said the school bus' safety arm was out and its lights were flashing when the accident occurred. The pickup was coming in the opposite direction of the school bus. Officers would not say if the pickup driver failed to yield to the bus.

Police said they planned to speak with the Wake County District Attorney's Office Monday to determine if charges should be filed.

Penny Road was shut for more than an hour after the wreck.

Neighbors said they have been concerned at the heavy traffic at the bus stop and that several near-misses have occurred at it.

“It was a matter of time before someone was hurt,” parent Jack Sullivan said.

The bus stop was once also used by West Lake Middle School students, but the school system moved that stop in July 2008 after parents petitioned, citing safety concerns.

“I find it interesting that one set of parents was able to move a bus stop for their school, and the school board didn't have the presence of mind to say, 'Well, is it unsafe for this group of children over here?'” Sullivan said.

Wake Schools spokesman Michael Evans said Friday that in light of the accident, a transportation advisory committee will review the safety of the bus stop.

“We need to look into that and see what the circumstances are around those decisions,” Evans said.


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  • lovecarolinagutters Mar 13, 2009

    Oh jeez, now we are blaming daylight savings time on human negligence? Does nobody take any responsibility for their actions anymore?

  • BULLDOZER Mar 13, 2009

    This is the the biggest reason my kids have never, nor will they ever ride a bus for anything,including field trips. There are way too many accidents around these yellow death traps. They should get rid of bussing all together and make parents take their kids to school. Save everyone a bunch of money and keep our kids safe(r)

  • twhemrick Mar 13, 2009

    While I don't normally comment, felt I must add my two cents worth.
    Two points:
    1. Why didn't the parent park on the same side of the road as the bus. I fault the parent there, the childs safety must come first.
    2. Since there in front of or very close to a school, why doesn't WCPSS use the bus parking lot there as the pick up location. This is done at many schools in Wake County when the students are transported to distant schools like Enloe, Martin, etc. This prevents this very thing that happened because both the parent's vehcile and the school buses are not on travelled roads.

  • speedy Mar 13, 2009

    I would think that the generous parent, coaxing the kids to cross the road for a ride to school, should at least have some major guilt over this. If they stayed put and waited for the bus like they're supposed to, this wouldn't have happened.

  • mandy2 Mar 13, 2009

    the only reason carnage is a magnet school is to get better performing kids to that school. when is wc going to start rewarding families who are concerned about their kids education? if you're going to have magnet schools, have them in areas where the kids are performing. take the kids who are performing in the low performing schools are bus them to the magnet school.

    This is the most beautiful comment I have seen ever!!! I couldn't agree MORE!

  • mandy2 Mar 13, 2009

    Yes, nothing helps an already crowded traffic situation like rain AND news vans! Thanks to the local new stations for making my trip to pick up my child at Oak Grove even crazier!

  • jkca Mar 13, 2009

    I agree, this story says nothing about the driver running past the stop arm of the school bus. sounds like the kids (unfortunately) ran across the road before the bus got to the stop.

  • lizard Mar 13, 2009

    we can blame Benjamin Franklin for daylight savings time.

  • curiousgeorgia Mar 13, 2009

    So agree with you, rdpeaco-k, this earlier daylight savings change scares the daylights out of me! Even though I have never had children I worry about the youngsters when I see them at the stops in the twilight.

  • RonnieR Mar 13, 2009

    Probaly they won't say because she is in the hospital and they have not interviewed her yet.