A 9-year-old New Jersey boy was seriously injured when he was struck and dragged by a car that ignored his school bus' warning signals, according to prosecutors.
The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office said the Lakewood boy was getting off his school bus near Carey Street and Clifton Avenue when the accident happened shortly after 5:15 p.m. Tuesday.
The school bus had its warning stop lights activated as students were getting off the vehicle, but a driver ignored those signals and hit the boy as he was crossing the street, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors on Wednesday identified 26-year-old Michael Adler, of Lakewood, as the driver. Officials said Adler was driving his 2004 Nissan Sentra north on Clifton Avenue and the boy was dragged about 80 feet through the intersection after he was struck.
The child was unconscious when emergency crews arrived at the scene, prosecutors said. He was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, where he was treated for head and other injuries.
Adler is being charged with reckless driving and failing to stop for a school bus.
Authorities said blood tests are being conducted and the investigation is continuing. Additional charges are possible, prosecutors said.
The accident comes less than a week after an 18-year-old from Bucks County was charged with driving past a school bus stop sign in Bensalem in December, fatally striking a 16-year-old girl.