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Girl, 7, hit by car at Spotsylvania bus stop

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A 7-year-old Spotsylvania County girl was transferred to INOVA Fairfax Hospital Tuesday morning after police say she was hit by a car while going to her bus stop.

The Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office reported that the child had visible injuries, but was stable, breathing, awake and oriented when she was first taken to Mary Washington Hospital for treatment.

The incident occurred on Plantation Forest Drive in the area of Daniels Court at 8:24 a.m., said Lt. Troy Skebo of the Sheriff’s Office. Plantation Forest subdivision is northeast of Spotsylvania Courthouse.

He said the preliminary investigation shows that the girl was in the middle of the road when she was struck. A parent was watching the child from a nearby driveway.

Skebo said the child was was struck by a 1997 Nissan Pathfinder driven by a 67-year-old man.

No charges had been filed on Tuesday, but the investigation is continuing.

Police say the child was in stable condition Tuesday, but she was transferred to the Fairfax hospital for treatment of head and neck injuries.

Spokeswoman for Spotsylvania County schools René Daniels said she could not identify the elementary school the child attends but that additional counselors were dispatched to the school to talk with students about the incident.

No other children witnessed the girl being struck but they were informed of what happened.

Daniels said that Spotsylvania schools have information about bus stop safety at each of the county schools.

—Staff reporter Lindley Estes contributed to this story.

Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419


Here are school bus safety tips from Spotsylvania county schools:


  • Always walk to the bus stop. Never run.

  • Walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left facing traffic.
  • Always go to the bus stop about five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.