AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The driver who struck an 8-year-old boy who was trying to board a school bus Monday morning has been charged, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. Resident's that live near the scene of the accident said living on Bel-Air Road is dangerous.
"People just drive fast. I mean look at that, that's crazy. They just drive fast. I mean, the speed limit is forty. Maybe it could be thirty-five but no one drives the speed limit. That's the problem. It sounds like people are drag racing down the street," Julie Posey told WFXG.
Posey has lived on Bel-Air Road all of her life. She says this two-lane street is deadly.
"This is probably the fourth accident right in front of that house, that area, those two neighborhoods, where someone has been hit by a car," Posey stated.
One of those times was Monday morning when deputies say that twenty year-old Scott Hancock failed to stop for a stopped school bus and struck an eight year-old boy. The child was transferred to the Georgia Regents University Hospital . Posey said something needs to be done to regulate driver's speed on this busy road.
"I have a two year-old and I'm scared to death. I don't ever let him out in the front and I don't ever let him out in the front yard."
She said until something is done, pedestrians won't be safe.
"It's scary. I mean it's absolutely scary. I cannot imagine what the parents of this child are going through. It breaks my heart for them," Posey said.
William Hancock, 20, is charged with failure to stop for a school bus while loading and unloading, Sgt. Shane McDaniel said.
The boy, a student at Sue Reynolds Elementary, is in critical condition at Georgia Regents Medical Center.
Deputies said the school bus was stopped on the eastbound side of Wrightsboro Road near Belair Road at about 7:11 a.m. when the boy was hit.
The bus had its flashing lights on for students to board, deputies said. Hancock, who was driving a Chrysler Town and Country van westbound on Wrightsboro Road, failed to stop for the caution equipment.
The sheriff's office is investigating.