Moore school bus driver charged after student dragged, run over
Posted October 4, 2019 3:11 p.m. EDT
Pinehurst, N.C. — A Moore County school bus driver faces a criminal charge after a student was dragged by a bus and his arm run over on Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.
Kim Crawford, 43, no address available, was charged with reckless driving.
The bus was carrying 26 students home from West Pine Middle School when it stopped near Walker Avenue and Americus Street in the Taylortown community shortly before 4 p.m., authorities said. Two girls got off, followed by a boy whose backpack got caught as the bus door closed, authorities said.
The bus started driving away as the 12-year-old boy struggled to free his backpack, and he was dragged for about 10 feet before one of the bus' rear tires ran over his arm, authorities said.
Moore County School officials went to the scene, and parents were notified to pick their children up there, school district officials said.
District officials said Crawford isn't driving a school bus for now as they investigate the incident.
"Moore County Schools deeply regrets this incident occurred. We are working with the student’s family to ensure a smooth transition when he returns to school in the next several days," officials said in a statement.