A 7-Year-Old Maryland Girl Is Fighting for Her Life After Being Hit by a Pickup Truck While Getting Off School Bus

Skyla Shirriel, 7, remains in critical condition in a Washington, D.C. hospital.

A 7-year-old Maryland girl remains in critical condition after being struck by a truck while getting off her school bus this week, the latest in a recent rash of accidents involving children at bus stops.

Skyla Shirriel was struck by a pickup truck Tuesday while crossing the street in Bryantown, Maryland, about an hour’s drive southeast of Washington, D.C.
Although the bus had activated its flashing red lights and stop sign, a 35-year-old woman driving a Ford F-250 hit the girl as she was trying to get to her home across the street, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.
Skyla was immediately flown to Children’s National Hospital in Washington with critical injuries, the release said.
“She was late last night put in a medically induced coma,” family friend Mike Wathen told CNN affiliate WJLA on Wednesday.

One of many recent bus-stop accidents

In most states, drivers are required to stop and wait for a stopped school bus flashing its lights with a raised stop arm.
But they often don’t. The Maryland State Department of Education conducted a survey that found 3,812 bus-stop violations — such as motorists passing stopped buses — on one single day last spring.
A similar survey by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services, published in August, found bus drivers reported that nearly 84,000 vehicles passed their buses illegally during the 2017-2018 school year.
The latest accident in Maryland is just one of many in recent weeks. In the last month there have been at least five other reports of children being killed or injured when they were struck by vehicles while waiting for their school bus, getting off the bus or boarding the bus.
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SOURCE: CNN – Andrea Diaz