A Mount Gilead area girl is recovering from injuries sustained when a car struck her as she boarded her school bus the morning of Fri., Dec. 12.
Sources say the bus was stopped on N.C. Hwy. 73 between Mount Gilead and Pee Dee with the stop arm activated and lights flashing when 17-year-old Lilly Yang started to cross the highway to board the bus. Sergeant Michael Baker of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol told media this morning that a driver coming from the opposite direction attempted to slow down, but did not stop, and hit the student with the vehicle’s side-view mirror.
The student was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. A source said she was in stable condition as of late this morning, with a deep cut on her forehead and some leg pain, but no broken bones.
The driver, 76-year-old Yevgeny Rekhson of Troy, faces felony charges for passing the stopped school bus and striking the student.
Transportation officials with Montgomery County Schools told WMTG in November that the new video camera systems on some buses have captured an alarming number of incidents of local drivers passing stopped buses. Staff at the school system are working with law enforcement to identify and charge those drivers, when possible.