POLICE: Bus driver won't be charged for hitting teen with school bus

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JACKSONVILLE, NC (WITN) - An Onslow County school bus driver will not be charged after hitting a student on Friday, critically injuring him.

Jacksonville police say Connor Long ran into the road as the bus was going through a green light.

The Jacksonville High School student remains in critical condition at Vidant Medical Center.

According to a news release, bus driver Barbara Revels was heading out Gum Branch Road in the right lane at the intersection with Indian Drive.

Police say the 56-year-old driver braked and turned the steering wheel to the left in an attempt to avoid hitting the 16-year-old.

The bus' right front bumper struck Long.

Long was first taken to Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune, and then airlifted to Vidant.

The family has set up a gofundme.com account to help with the medical bills.


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A teenager hit Friday morning by a school bus remains in critical condition, according to Vidant Medical Center.

Connor Long apparently was walking to school when the early morning accident happened on Gum Branch Road near Indian Drive. The 16-year-old is a student at Jacksonville High School, which is adjacent to the intersection..

Long was first taken to Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune, and then airlifted to Vidant.

Police have yet to release any specifics on how the accident happened.

The family has set up a gofundme.com account to help with the medical bills. The campaign's goal is $100,000.

You can click here to visit the gofundme page.


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Community members can now donate to a Go-Fund-Me account to help cover the medical costs for a Jacksonville student hit by a school bus Friday.

The account says the 16-year-old is battling life-threatening injuries that are going to require multiple surgeries and a long recuperation.

The campaign's goal is to reach $100,000.

You can click on the following link to visit the Go-Fund-Me page:
https://www.gofundme.com/x6k8d7-medical-fund



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Following a school bus hitting a student Friday morning in Jacksonville, the city says they plan to ask for an additional safety review by the NC Department of Transportation for the area where the accident happened.

Officials say the 16-year-old was crossing Gum Branch Road to Jacksonville High School when the accident happened.

The student was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville with serious injuries.

The city says the DOT conducted a previous study of safety around the school which resulted in more sidewalks installed, pedestrian crossing lights, and improved pavement markings to help guide pedestrian traffic and serve as a warning for drivers.

Jacksonville officials say they hope to hear back this summer about funding for medians and more crosswalks.

As a reminder, students are asked to only cross in marked pedestrian areas and to use crossings where pedestrian safety lights are installed.

The city also says police officers are assigned to every school safety zone during the opening and closing of schools, barring emergency calls.

If you see someone that does not stop for a red light, school bus or other violation that could harm students or pedestrians, contact the Jacksonville Police Department.

A school system spokeswoman said they are following protocol and pending the outcome of their investigation, the bus driver is temporarily not behind the wheel.


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A 16-year-old was airlifted to a trauma center with serious injuries after being struck by a school bus early Friday morning.

Jacksonville police say a 16-year-old boy was struck by a school bus in the 1800 block of Gum Branch Rd. near Fire Station 2 at 6:37am.

The location is adjacent to Jacksonville High School, and the school system confirms that the victim is a student at the school.

The student was first taken to Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune with serious injuries and then airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

The right front fender on the bus had significant damage. There were students on the bus at the time, but the school system says none were transported to the hospital.

A crisis team was at the high school today to support the students and staff.

A school system spokeswoman said they are following protocol and pending the outcome of their investigation the bus driver is temporarily not behind the wheel.