Saturday, 2:15 PM
Dartmouth student hit by car while trying to board bus
By David Abel, Globe Staff
A 12-year-old Dartmouth Middle School student was in stable condition after being hit and carried about 60 feet while trying to board a school bus Friday morning, police said.
The boy, whose name was not released, suffered several broken ribs and other injuries, said Lieutenant Ken Cotta of the Dartmouth Police.
The boy was hit by a newly licensed 16-year-old Dartmouth High School student driving a 1999 Jeep Wrangler. The driver, whose name also was not released, was cited for failing to stop for a school bus with red lights flashing, speed greater than reasonable, and negligent operation.
The boy was hit at about 7:20 a.m. while crossing Russellís Mills Road and was carried on the hood of the Jeep, police said.
Police found the injured boy conscious and being cared for his mother in the middle of the street. The boy was taken to St. Luke's Hospital and flown by helicopter to Childrenís Hospital Boston, Cotta said.
Police said the youth driving the Jeep had taken a right turn off of Massasoit Lane west onto Russells Mills Road and then hit the younger boy as he tried to board the school bus, police said.
Lisa Costa, the school bus driver, and other witnesses told police that the school bus was stopped and that the red lights were flashing while the boy tried to cross the street.