UPDATE: Charges pending after driver hits child exiting school bus

Charges are pending against a 19-year-old Vidor woman after police say she hit a child exiting a school bus with her truck.

The Vidor ISD student suffered a broken ankle and broken nose after he exited the bus in the 1100 Block of Orange.

The 12-year-old was transported to Christus Hospital Saint Elizabeth.

Police tell 12News they did smell alcohol on the driver and she admitted to drinking earlier in the day. She was taken to the police station where she submitted to a blood test. Police are awaiting results from that test before charges are filed. 

Police say she never saw the child because she was looking down to pick up a cigarette lighter.

If she was legally impaired, police say the driver will be charged with DWI intoxication assault. Otherwise, police say she will be charged with disregarding flashing lights on a school bus, a class A misdemeanor. 
Other students on the bus were elementary, middle and junior high students going home from Vidor ISD's ACE after school program.
Vidor ISD Superintendent Jay Killgo released the following statement regarding the accident: "This afternoon at 5:30 a Vidor middle school student was struck by a vehicle while exiting a school bus. The student sustained minor injuries and was transported to St. Elizabeth hospital as a precaution. Other students on the bus were not harmed. Police and emergency personnel were on the scene and assisted the school district in managing the situation."



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