No charges for driver for hitting girl, 11

CMS has made a major change after an 11-year-old girl was hit at a bus stop more than a week ago.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say they will not be charging the driver who hit an 11-year old west Charlotte girl the morning of October 4.

According to the report, police say the driver was doing the speed limit of 30 mph.

Zion Massey, 11, was struck Tuesday morning as she attempted to cross Lasalle Street on her way to her Bruns Academy bus stop. Zion’s grandmother, Doris Massey, who walked with her, said they looked both ways before Zion stepped out into the street.

“The car came out of nowhere flying,” said Massey.

Massey’s account mirrors that of Charlotte Marsh, who was driving down Lasalle Street and saw the driver minutes before the incident.

“She was speeding and so she swerved like she was about to come in my lane, but she caught herself and got back in her lane,” said Marsh.

Medics rushed Zion to Carolina’s Medical Center, where she’s been ever since.

Zion’s family told NBC Charlotte that she underwent another surgery Wednesday after having a feeding tube inserted in her stomach and undergoing a tracheostomy. They also say she underwent a previous surgery to reduce swelling on her brain.

A GoFundMe page has been set-up to help assist the family with Zion’s ongoing medical expenses.

The day of the incident, Zion’s family told NBC Charlotte that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools had recently moved the bus stop’s location, saying that it used to be just a few doors down and on their side of the street.

They say CMS moved the stop to the top of a hill on the other side of Lasalle, forcing the kids to have to cross the busy street, which connects Statesville Avenue and Beatties Ford Road.

Family says they made multiple requests to the school district’s transportation department to have the stop relocated to a safer location, but they say their requests went unanswered.

Wednesday, CMS released this statement:

“Based on a request from the school, the child involved in the accident and her siblings have been reassigned to an existing stop at Kennesaw and Lasalle. This stop occurs on Kennesaw and is on their side of the street so they do not have to cross Lasalle.”

Police have also added patrols to the area, and on Wednesday, a flashing speed limit sign was seen near where the bus stop is located making drivers aware of their speed and asking those who are driving too fast to slow down.

“I think it needs to be there, a lot of people do speed through there. A lot of kids get off the school bus on Lasalle,” said Tawanda Lane who lives nearby.

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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