Castalia, N.C. — A 41-year-old Castalia man has been charged after authorities say he hit a 13-year-old student who was trying to board a stopped school bus on N.C. Highway 58.
According to North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Jesus Ortiz, an eighth grader at Red Oak Middle School, was crossing the road to get on a bus about 6:15 a.m. when he was hit by Nicolas Benitez, of Lancaster Store Road.
Ortiz has lacerations on his face and a broken leg but is expected to be OK.
The school bus was stopped and had its crossing stick down at the time Ortiz was hit, troopers said.
Bentiez was charged with driving with a revoked license, passing a stopped school bus and having unsafe tires.