6-year-old Cobb student recovering after being hit by car near bus stop

A 6-year-old Cobb County boy is recovering after being hit by a vehicle last week on his way to the bus stop.

The student, who attends Norton Park Elementary, was struck April 25 outside the Balfour Woodland apartments along Smyrna Powder Springs Road, a Cobb County School District spokesman said.

Witnesses at the scene told officers the student ran into the road in front of the vehicle, which could not stop in time, Cobb police spokesman Officer Neil Penirelli said.

The child suffered a broken hip and head injuries, but is recovering, Channel 2 Action News reported.

School administrators sent a letter home to parents Thursday afternoon informing them about what happened near the child’s bus stop.

“We want to make it clear that moments like this are difficult for the entire community,” the letter reads. “Our hearts hurt for the loved ones of the child who was hurt and our students will notice his absence as they go about their school day.”

In a 911 call obtained by the news station, the child’s bus driver tells dispatchers the child remained conscious after getting struck by the car, and that he was “moaning and crying” as he rolled around in pain.

“I don’t want anybody moving that baby,” the dispatcher responds. “Let him stay right there. The police, paramedics, ambulance, everybody is on their way, OK?”

A police report indicates the driver was traveling the speed limit — between 35 and 40 mph — when the student stepped into the roadway, Channel 2 reported.

Cobb police said the driver will not be charged.

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