Kokomo kindergarten student struck by truck while walking to bus

Kokomo police said the child crossed the street after the bus properly extended the bus stop arm.

Kokomo, Ind.

A kindergarten student is in the hospital after he was struck by a pick-up truck while walking to his school bus Tuesday morning.

Officers with the Kokomo Police Department responded to the 1300 block of South Goyer Road in reference to a pedestrian struck.  Police said a school bus with the Kokomo-Center Consolidated School Corporation was stopped across the street from where the 5-year-old student was waiting with a parent.  

Kokomo police said the child crossed the street after the bus properly extended the bus stop arm.  As the child attempted to cross the street, police said a 44-year-old man disregarded the bus’ stop arm and struck the child.  

A neighbor who witnessed the accident said the boy was 30 feet from where he was hit.

“Maybe drug him a ways because he ended up down at this driveway, which is almost a full yard away,” said Dennis Presiser.

The 5-year-old was taken to Howard Regional Health Systems in Kokomo and was later transported to Riley Children’s Hospital.  He is currently in stable condition.

Police said preliminary investigations revealed the school bus driver followed all safety procedures.  The pick-up truck driver was not cited at the scene, but police are continuing the investigation.  

Presiser wants the Kokomo Center School District to reexamine the bus routes, because he said too many children have to cross the road to get on the bus.

"I realize they have route problems and timing problems, but it would be nice if they would have the bus traffic on this side of the houses," said Presiser.

Neighbors on Goyer Road said speeding is an ongoing issue.  The speed limit is 35 mph but neighbors said most drivers exceed the limit.

School social workers and administrators met with Elwood Haynes and Sycamore elementary students who were on the bus and who witnessed the accident.  

“The entire Sycamore Elementary community has the student and family in their thoughts,” said Principal Charley Hinkle. “We have spoken with the family and they know we are here if they need us.”

Police are asking anyone with information on the incident to Officer Orville Harness at 765-459-5101 or the Kokomo Police Department Hot-Line at 765-456-7017.





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