LINCOLN COUNTY, Mo. – A woman told police she accidentally hit an 11-year-old girl with her car while the girl was standing at a bus stop Friday morning in Lincoln County, Missouri.
Police said the girl was hit by the elderly female driver at about 7:30 a.m. The bus stop was at Gravens Road and Cuivre Ridge Drive.
“The girl was trapped under the car for a short time but was freed and transported to a local hospital,” according to police.
The incident is under investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff Department.
The girl’s mom, who wishes not to be identified, said her daughter was sitting “criss-cross” on the edge of the road and grass when a car hit her.
Her daughter is in the hospital with a broken leg, and other injuries.
“This is an east-facing road so the sun did play a factor this morning invisibility,” Lincoln County Sheriff Rick Harrell said. “As the vehicle came to stop sign, it rolled up on top of her.”
He said at that point neighborhood, parents acted quickly and removed the child from beneath the car before emergency services arrived.
A parent who lives nearby said the bus stop should be moved back into the neighborhood away from Gravens Road, which the parent said is also dangerous.
The victim’s mom said she wants the same change.
Harrell said the sheriff’s office has spoken to Mark Penny, superintendent of Lincoln County R-III Public School District, about “looking at taking a more direct approach with schools and parents about bus stops, as to what right looks like here.”
The school district released a statement that reads, “The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is always a number one priority, and these situations affect all of us. The district crisis team has been activated and additional support has been called in for any student or employee impacted by this incident.”
Harrell added that “The cause although still under investigation is how kids are being organized at this stop while they are waiting. It’s not an issue of safety loading and unloading the bus.”