WINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Police said that two students here were injured after being struck by a car while trying to cross the street to get to their school bus on Monday, WOOD reports.
Michigan State Police said that at about 7 a.m., a motorist passed a school bus, with its red lights activated, according to WOOD. (Roger Cole, the superintendent for Morley Stanwood Community Schools told WPBN/WGTU that the bus was coming to a stop, but it is not clear at this time whether the stop arm was fully extended.) Kory Knapp, 19, and his 5-year-old niece were hit by the car. The two were trying to board their bus, WPBN/WGTU report.
Knapp’s mother told WOOD that Knapp took the brunt of the impact, placing himself in front of his niece. He suffered a ruptured spleen and an injury to his knee, and his niece suffered a concussion. Both were taken to the hospital for the injuries, which are considered non life-threatening, according to the news source.
Cole also told WOOD that he learned of the crash, and that the students would be OK before school started on Monday. He added that the incident is “a scary reminder of the dangers of bus stops for drivers and kids, especially in such a rural district.” He also advised students to wait for the bus driver to wave them across after the bus stops before crossing, and for motorists who see a school bus to watch for students.
Police told WOOD that the motorist stopped after the crash, but has not been charged at this time.