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Girl Critically Injured by Car as She Ran for School Bus

Posted April 9, 2007 12:07 p.m. EDT
Updated April 9, 2007 8:53 p.m. EDT

— Morrisville police said that critical injuries to a 12-year-old girl Monday morning near a school bus stop resulted from a tragic case of a middle-school student running across the street without looking both ways.

Around 6:30 a.m., Anusha Vasurdeva got out of her father's vehicle at the intersection of Morrisville Carpenter Road and Gratoit Drive near the Ridgemont subdivision, police said after reconstructing what happened.

Monday night, she was in critical condition in the pediatric intensive care unit at Duke University Hospital.

Witnesses said the Ligon Middle School student saw the school bus coming and ran across the road to catch it.

The girl apparently didn't look left, police said, and was hit by a minivan traveling at around 35 mph.

She underwent emergency surgery at Duke.

Police said the school bus was well down the road and had not yet turned on it's emergency flashers. Investigators said the minivan did not appear to be speeding, and they are unlikely to charge the driver.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 19 school-age children die each year after being hit near a school bus. Most are between 5 and 7 years old and have darted into the road without looking.