CMPD: Student hit by stolen SUV while trying to board bus in south Charlotte

The incident happened on Arrowood Road at Arborgate Drive on Thursday.
The incident happened on Arrowood Road at Arborgate Drive on Thursday.
Published: Sep. 21, 2023 at 12:28 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 21, 2023 at 2:10 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools student was seriously hurt Thursday morning after they were hit by a vehicle while trying to board a bus, the district said.

The crash happened on East Arrowood Road at Arborgate Drive around 8:50 a.m., according to information from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Officers said the middle school student was struck after running across the street. The stop arms of the bus were not in operation.

Medic said the student was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. District officials said the student attends Carmel Middle School.

WBTV spoke with one student who was also getting on the bus that morning. This student did not want to be identified, but says the student who was hit was crossing back across the street because he had forgotten his headphones.

This student says he heard his classmate get hit by the oncoming SUV as he was sitting down on the bus.

“And then the car was coming from over there down the street. He got, like, ran over because the car was going like really fast,” the 13-year-old 8th grade student said.

Police said a large, white SUV that was traveling at a high rate of speed struck the student as they ran across the street. The driver of the SUV did not stop following the crash, according to the CMPD.

Investigators said the SUV was determined to be stolen and has since been recovered. The driver was not in the vehicle and has not been arrested at this time, according to law enforcement.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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