SMITHFIELD – A Smithfield youth is recovering from injuries after being struck by a car near a bus stop on North Street and N. Fourth Street.
Police said the accident happened around 6:23am Dec. 1st. The 17 year-old student was running on the shoulder when he darted into the path of a car traveling through the intersection on North Street.
Police said a public school bus was approaching the bus stop but had not come to a complete stop and had not activated its red stop lights nor the mechanical stop sign when the collision occurred.
The student was transported to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The driver of the car, Brayan Estuardo Zuleta-Castro of Smithfield, stopped and remained at the scene. Zuleta-Castro was cited for driving without a license and having a revoked registration plate.
“The student in this particular incident was going to a stop that was actually not assigned to him, and was crossing a street he wouldn’t typically have to cross. The student has a bus stop already assigned to him at his home. With all of that being said – JCPS is constantly reviewing our procedures and routes for safety. Our student and staff safety is our number one priority. We ask our community members to help us be vigilant in our efforts for safety, and to be mindful of our students who are traveling to their bus stops or waiting at their bus stops,” said Caitlin Furr, Executive Director of Communication for Johnston County Public Schools.