A Forsyth County Middle School student is dead after being struck by a SUV while crossing the road to board the school bus Wednesday morning.

The accident occurred after the 11-year-old boy had missed the bus, causing the bus driver to turn around and head in the opposite direction.  The boy crossed the road to reach the bus when he was struck by an oncoming SUV.

According to the bus-driver, the bus lights were flashing and the arm was extended to warn motorists to stop.

Investigations into the accident are ongoing.

Studies conducted by the NHTSA reveal that in the 414,399 fatal motor-vehicle crashes since 1998, .34 percent (1,409) were classified as school transporation-related crashes.  Our children are the most precious cargo on our nation’s roads and highways.  Notwithstanding all of the precautions school transportation vehicles are equipped with, accidents still occur.  If you or someone you love has been involved in one of these tragic accidents, please call the Accident Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.