17-year-old Lilly Yang is recovering at home after she was struck by a vehicle while trying to board her school bus around 7 a.m. Fri., Dec. 12.
The West Montgomery High School student was crossing Hwy. 73 between Mount Gilead and Pee Dee when a pickup truck hit her. Yang was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where she was examined and kept overnight for observation. Reports say she sustained a cut to her forehead, but no broken bones in the accident.
76-year-old Yevgeny Rekhson of the Holiday Shores community on Lake Tillery was identified as the driver of the pickup truck. Information from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says Rehkson was arrested Friday and released later that day on $15,000 bond.
Rekhson is scheduled to appear Dec. 16 in Montgomery County District Court on a Class I felony charge of passing a stopped school bus and striking a person.
By North Carolina Statute, a person found guilty of the violation faces a minimum fine of $1,250. In general, Class I felonies carry sentences ranging from three to 60 months of community, intermediate or active punishment.