8-year-old Cumberland County student hit by car passing bus

Friday, December 9, 2016
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An 8-year-old girl was hit by a pickup truck that passed a stopped school bus. The driver has been charged.

An 8-year-old girl was hit and injured by a pickup passing a stopped school bus in Cumberland County on Thursday.

The incident happened on Highway 210 and the student, Jeannie Sue Jernigan, was transported to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

State troopers said Jeannie suffered a fractured hip, broken femur and minor internal injuries.

She is expected to recover.

The girl is a student at Beaver Dam Elementary School, troopers said.

Aaron Thomas Bruce
Cumberland County Sheriff's Office

The bus had its red lights flashing stop arm extended.

The driver of the truck that struck Jenny was identified as Aaron Thomas Bruce. He was charged with failure to stop for a school bus while it was discharging students.

Bruce, of Wade-Stedman Road in Cumberland County, is being held on $10,000 secured bond.

He told troopers that his brakes failed, but he left skid marks at the scene, troopers said.

Troopers said Jeannie was dropped off at the store near her home. Trooper said it appeared Bruce was doing the speed limit. The left front-quarter panel on his 2006 Chevy Sierra pickup was damaged.

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