Troopers Say SUV Driver Ran Stop Sign, Struck School Bus

By: Heather King / Bill Wilson
By: Heather King / Bill Wilson

A ten year old student from Banks Elementary School was killed this morning after the SUV the child was in collided with a school bus.

Authorities say Thomas Suggs, Jr. died at the scene of the accident, while his father, the driver of the SUV, was critically injured.

The special needs bus heading to LaGrange Elementary School in Lenoir crashed with the SUV around 7:45 a.m. Monday.

State troopers say the SUV driver ran a stop sign and struck the bus, causing it to flip over. It happened in the 4400 block of Wheat Swamp Road.

A Lenoir County Schools spokeswoman says there were 2 special needs students, an adult assistant and a driver on the bus. All were taken to Lenoir Memorial Hospital to be check out and have since been released.

The school system says the bus was a total loss.

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  • by KIMBERLY Location: GREENVILLE on Nov 28, 2007 at 03:28 AM
  • by Anonymous Location: LaGrange on Nov 27, 2007 at 04:26 PM
    Knowing the father "Tom Tom" for several years and having ridden with him on several occassions let me say that he has shown caution in all types of bad weather, he knows this area and knows there is a stop sign there, I feel the fog was the issue and I know he never would have done anything to harm his child or any other child, please keep him and his family in your prayers.
  • by Jim Location: Kinston on Nov 27, 2007 at 10:58 AM
    A curfew would not be needed if the kids had some type of guidance at home-the cops can not raise the kids-the parents need to step in and be responsible and make the kids responsible for their actions
  • by Marylou Location: Maury on Nov 27, 2007 at 06:03 AM
    I do agree with the previous comment. Stop signs need a beacon device which may make a driver more aware of its presence. The flash of the beacon is what a driver will see. It is so unfortunate that the accident did occur. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and for the father to recover from the injuries he sustained. The stop sign issue does need to be addressed. It is abused in many areas. One of the issues to address would be a warning device on every stop sign for a greater impact. It may very well avoid another tragedy like this one.
  • by Driver Location: New Bern on Nov 26, 2007 at 05:36 PM
    I beleive the SUV driver didn't obey or even see the stop sign. The efectiveness of stop signs are being diminished. Many stop signs are being used as traffic calming devices, i.e. four/three-way-stops at pedestrian crossings in parking lots and other uses for which they were not designed. We must demand stop signs be used correctly. If you see them being used incorectly, contact the appropriate authority and demand they fix. My prayers are with the family that lost this child.

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