Teen Fatally Struck by Truck at School Bus Stop

Thomas McMahon
Posted on March 14, 2017

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A teenage student died after he was hit by a pickup truck while waiting for his school bus on Friday, police said.

According to the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, the 15-year-old high schooler was standing on the sidewalk at his designated bus stop before 7 a.m. Investigators determined that an eastbound Ford Ranger crossed over the center turn lane and the westbound lane, then drove onto the sidewalk where the student was standing.

Police said that the truck struck the student, knocking him to the ground, and then veered off of the sidewalk and stopped in the street a short distance away.

Emergency personnel responded to the scene and began treating the 15-year-old for life-threatening injuries, and he was transported to a hospital. The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety said it was later notified that the teen did not survive his injuries.

Local news sources identified the victim as Malachi Batty. A memorial was held for Batty at Grants Pass High School on Friday night.

The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety identified the pickup truck driver as 21-year-old Christopher Faibish. Investigators interviewed him at the scene, and they found a small amount of heroin in his truck.

Faibish was arrested and charged with criminally negligent homicide and unlawful possession of heroin. Police said that the investigation was ongoing.

Related Topics: fatalities, law enforcement, Oregon, school bus stops

Thomas McMahon Executive Editor
Comments ( 1 )
  • tina

     | about 9 months ago

    I don't know why you posted this story, but I'm sick of all of them! My son was just standing on the sidewalk waiting for his school bus, and no one seems to care that the person who killed him was doing heroin all night long, besides also having a whole pharmacy of drugs in him, and of his own fruition, the driver chose to go out driving, and now not only does the law not acknowledge the value of my son, it doesn't even acknowledge his rights. And now the DA says because of the liberal laws and the value of the defendant and his rights, he will probably never see a jail cell! And no one in Oregon seems to even care because it's not their son! I sure miss my sweet son!

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