News Feature

Originally published in The Weekly Packet, October 16, 2014
Sedgwick student struck by car while getting on morning bus
Seventh grader recuperating at EMMC

by Faith DeAmbrose

with additional reporting by Anne Berleant

A 12-year old Sedgwick Elementary School student was taken to Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, and later transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, on Friday morning, October 10, after being struck by a car while boarding the school bus. The student, because she is a minor, has not been named, but is currently being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, including broken bones.

According to the Maine State Police, the accident occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m. on the Snow’s Cove Road in Sedgwick, beside the Milbrook Company.

Speed is not considered to be a factor, and no charges have been filed as a result of the accident, according to police.

“The investigation is pretty much complete at this time,” said investigating officer Sargeant Tim Varney on October 15, who confirmed that all known witnesses had been interviewed. “We’ll take additional witnesses that want to come forward,” he said.

A press release issued by the Maine State Police recounted the incident as such: A school bus was heading north and slowed down with its yellow lights flashing to pick up the student. The student was not standing outside so the bus pulled over to the side of the road and shut its lights off to allow traffic to pass.

“As traffic was going by the bus, a 2006 Chrysler minivan driven by John Hawkins, 64, of Rockland was heading north. At this time, the student ran out into the road to get on the bus, thinking the bus was stopped for her. The student was struck by the vehicle that Hawkins was driving. The child was taken by ambulance to Blue Hill Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Hawkins and his wife were not injured.”

School administrators were quick to turn to social media to inform the community about the issue, and professional counselors have been at the school for all students, including those on Bus One who saw the incident.

Sedgwick Elementary School guidance counselor Ben Thelwell spoke with the injured student at Eastern Maine Medical Center and reported she was in good spirits, according to a letter from Principal Donald Buckingham distributed to parents, “but will be laid up for a while.”

Andrea Brown, owner of Brown Busing, which serves the Sedgwick school district, declined to comment on the incident at this time.