See two kids inches away from being hit by a speeding car as they cross the road to catch the school bus as police arrest a driver for reckless driving
- The near miss happened on March 2 in Statesville, North Carolina
- Joshua Graham Padgett Jr., 35, has been charged with the incident
This is when two kids were inches from being hit by a speeding car as they crossed the road to catch the school bus in Statesville, North Carolina.
The video, taken by the camera aboard the bus on March 2 on Old Mountain Road, shows the children crossing the road before running as a car speeds towards them before swerving around the couple.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol arrested 35-year-old Joseph Graham Padgett Jr. from Statesville Saturday morning at 2:10 a.m., according to WSOC TV.
Padgett Jr.’s car passed the bus at about 6:15 a.m., according to the Iredell-Statesville School District.
The school bus stopped and activated the stop sign as the two children approached the street.
The video, captured by the bus’s onboard camera, shows the children crossing the road before they start running as a car speeds towards them before swerving around the couple
A light-colored Kia Soul passed the bus on the left and came within inches of hitting one of the kids. The other child appeared to be within a few feet of the car.
The bus was stopped on a two-lane road in an overtaking ban, according to WSOC-TV.
State troopers said Friday afternoon there were five cases last year in Iredell County where people had illegally passed a stopped school bus.
According to the school district, motorists should stop their cars and wait for the red lights to flash at a school bus stop and the extended stop arm to retract. Cars can start moving again when the bus starts moving.
The incident occurred on Old Mountain Road, in Statesville, North Carolina, on March 2
Padget Jr. will appear in court on March 16. He is in the Iredell County Detention Center on $20,000 bond, state troopers said.
The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook, “Obviously this call could have been more than tragic, and thankfully we commend this kid’s quick thinking rather than what the alternative could have been.”
The video was released by Iredell-Statesville Schools.