Grandmother of 10-year-old boy hit by car at school bus stop speaks out

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A woman in Washington County, Tennessee faces several charges after police said she hit a student who was trying to board a school bus Tuesday morning.

The incident happened at Highway 812 near Jim Towne Road shortly after 6:30 a.m.

Barbara Hutton, the grandmother of a 10-year-old, said she witnessed the entire incident.

“He was crossing the street to get on the bus and the car didn’t stop, they just came on around the bus,” Hutton said. “I said ‘oh my god’ and I ran to him because it knocked him off the road into the ditch line.”

Lt. Eddie Graybeal with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said 41-year-old Crystal Buchanan was charged with felony reckless endangerment and illegal passing of a school bus or failure to yield to a stopped school bus.

“The bus had been stopped with its flashers on and the stop signs out and the vehicle was going the opposite direction of the bus, failed to stop for the sign and struck the child as the child was attempting to get on the bus,” Lt. Graybeal said.

It’s an incident Hutton said should never have happened.

“They need to pay attention when there is a bus stopped and don’t go around the buses and watch out for the children, don’t just go on down the highway with your head and your nose stuck in the air and forget about everybody else in the world,” Hutton said.” I want her to know fully how bad the situation is and what she has done to this child and to our family.”

She said her grandson is still recovering from leg injuries at Niswonger Children’s Hospital.

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