Woman accused of hitting boy with car claims she ‘did not see the school bus’

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A woman accused passing a stopped school bus and hitting a boy who was crossing a road to board it claims she “did not see the bus”. 

According to court documents, Crystal Buchanan, age 41 of Jonesborough, is charged with felony reckless endangerment serious injury and illegal passing of a school bus or failure to yield to a stopped school bus.  

According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Buchanan failed to stop for a bus that was waiting to pick up a child. The crash happened around 6:43 a.m on Tuesday on Highway 81 South. Buchanan was reported traveling south on the highway in a Mitsubishi Lancer when she struck the child.  

Witnesses and the school bus driver told investigators the bus’ red flashing lights were on and the red stop sign was engaged. 

As the boy ran out into the road to board the bus, authorities say Buchanan failed to stop and struck the boy sending him into a nearby ditch.

Documents indicate Buchanan told authorities said she did not see the bus or its flashing lights. 

News Channel 11 has learned the victim,  a 10-year-old boy, suffered a cracked fibula and has bruises and minor cuts.

Buchanan is expected to appear in a Washington County courtroom Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. for an arraignment hearing. 

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