MOORESVILLE, Ind. – Police arrested a suspected intoxicated driver accused of hitting a high school student while she was crossing the street near her bus stop.
According to the Mooresville Police Department, it happened around 6:50 a.m. Tuesday at Indiana Street and County Line Road.
Police claim the victim was walking across the road when she was hit. The 15-year-old girl suffered serious injuries in the crash.
“Once the driver struck the girl, he traveled another 15 feet and stopped and he was lying besides her car. That’s how far she flew,” said Mooresville Police Chief Kerry Buckner.
Chief Buckner said the victim was taken to IU Health Riley Hospital for Children. She was in stable condition with a likely broken bone.
The school bus had activated its stop lights and onboard cameras recorded the crash.
“This guy he totally disregarding the yellow lights,” said Buckner.
Police arrested 35-year-old Michael Simpson. They say he stopped after the crash, but allegedly showed signs of intoxication. He’s preliminarily charged with driving while intoxicated resulting in serious injury and drug possession.
“Just be careful. Slow down. Stay off your phones,” said Lorie Cox.
In May of this year, Lorie Cox was working as a crossing guard in front of Newby Elementary school in Mooresville when she was hit and injured by a different driver.
“The guy came up behind me and never stopped. He didn’t stop until I was on his hood,” said Cox.
Lorie suffered a broken ankle and other bone bruises. She wishes the pair of crashes will get drivers to be more alert.
“They just need to slow down. It takes like 10 seconds to get through a school zone,” said Cox. “Your time is not more important than a life.”
“People need to pay attention. These are young kids. This is the future of our town and state. We need to be careful when they’re out there trying to go to school,” said Buckner.
Because the case is a criminal investigation, officials with the Mooresville school district did not want to comment on camera.
Students who ride the same bus face a 30-minute delay in their usual pickup time, according to the school district.
Reporter Jesse Wells contributed to this article.