Nations Ford Elementary student hit by car at bus stop

- A 6-year-old Nations Ford Elementary student is being treated for non-life threatening injuries after being hit by a car at the bus stop Friday morning, according to Medic.

The accident happened at the 1300 block of Choyce Avenue.

6-year old Braylon Cockfield has a nasty gash on his eye, along with some scratches and bruises on his back. He says he started to cross the road to get on the bus Friday morning when the driver of a car came towards him.

Braylon said, “The car passed the stop sign.”

Braylon’s mom didn’t want us to use her name or show her face on camera. She says her son was hit and knocked back on the sidewalk.

Braylon’s mom said, “I heard my daughter screaming form the top of her lungs. She’s hollering, ‘Mom, Braylon has been hit.” She went on to say, “I just didn’t believe it when I first seen it. It was like a nightmare.”

Neighbors are frustrated because they say this isn’t the first time an accident has happened here. Adam Lewis said, “We’ve always had problems like that right here in this curve. Cars like to fly around the curve really bad. And this is like the second, third time these light poles have been taken out.”

Braylon’s mom says her son is not going to be riding the bus anymore. She says she’s going to drive him to school. But for the dozen or so other kids that get on at the stop every day, she’s hoping changes are made.

She said, “There’s no reason for them to have to cross the street like that or if we know that it’s an issue with people flying around the corner, they shouldn’t have to cross the street like that.”          

Braylon didn’t have any broken bones. His mom is grateful his injuries weren’t worse, but she says the accident should have never happened in the first place, and she hopes no other parent will have to worry if their child will get to the bus safely.

Fox 46’s Robin Kanady asked Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools if the bus stop location, on the curve, needs to be changed. The school system tells us the accident is not related to the location itself. But officials say parents can fill out this request form stating that the bus stop needs to be changed, if they think it's unsafe.

Charlotte Department of Transportation says there were two crashes on Choyce Ave. between Nations Dr. and Sheryl Cr. during the past five years, not including the recent crash. CDOT says there is no “crash pattern” on this segment of Choyce Avenue.

DOT is currently reviewing a resident’s request for “traffic calming ideas” on nearby Choyce Circle. The department also tells Fox 46 in 2012, a request was made for an additional “traffic hump” on the 1400 block of Choyce Avenue, but because of budget cuts, that device has not yet been installed.

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