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2 elementary students hit by car at school bus stop in southeast Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Officials told Channel 9 that two students were hit by a car while waiting for their school bus early Friday morning in southeast Charlotte.

The collision happened around 8:40 a.m. at the intersection of City View Drive and Dion Avenue, near Independence Boulevard.

The students, ages 5 and 7, are brothers.

The 5-year-old sustained a bloody lip and face and was taken to the hospital. The 7-year-old was hit in his backpack and was able to continue on to school.

”More his face, literally,” said the boy’s mother. “Broke his lips, partly little bit on his face. It’s just scary right now.

“I can't even imagine it if something happened more."

Officials with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools told Channel 9 that the boys were hit at the bus stop after a Ford Explorer apparently drove through the 4-way stop, even though the school bus was stopped with its stop-arm extended and lights flashing.

CMS said the the bus was headed to Idlewild Elementary School.

“He's too young to understand what happened right now,” the mother said

Police said when a school bus has its lights on at 4-way stop, traffic in all directions is required by law to stop.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are investigating the incident and told Channel 9 that the driver of the car will be charged with failure to stop for a bus while lights were flashing and for not having a license.

Neighbors said they've noticed problems at the bus stop before.

”People come through here totally out of control sometimes,” said Donald Pillow, a neighbor.

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