(WMC-TV) - A hearing impaired teenager was hit by a car Wednesday morning as he tried to catch a school bus, investigators say.
The accident happened just after 8 a.m. near Canada Road and maple Point Cove.
The bus had stopped to pick up 13-year-old Tyler Skovdal when he was hit by a passing Jeep Cherokee, according to Chip Washington, Shelby County Sheriff's Office spokesman. The SUV's passenger side mirror hit Skovdal, Washington said.
News quickly traveled back to Arlington Middle School.
"It scared me at first," said classmate Monica Schwab. "I was like, oh my God, is he OK?"
Skovdal was taken to the hospital with head injuries and was last listed in stable condition.
Deputies say the bus had activated its stop sign and red flashing lights at the time of the crash.
Neighbor Jennette Reed said the stretch of Canada Road is treacherous.
"People come around that corner and before you know it, they're just right on top of you," said Reed.
Brandon Banks, the Jeep's 18-year-old driver, told investigators he was on his way to school and didn't notice the bus had stopped. He said he was distracted by something to do with his contact lenses.
Banks has been charged with failure to maintain a safe lookout and passing a stopped school bus.
"There are things that can grab our attention when we're driving, but the road should be the only thing," said Washington. "Hopefully situations like this will raise the consciousness of individuals to not be distracted while behind the wheel."
Alcohol and speed were not factors in the crash.
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