WRIGHT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - A 15-year-old male suffered critical injuries after being struck by a vehicle as he crossed a street to get on a school bus.
Jovany Viveros is at a Grand Rapids hospital, being treated for a brain injury and several broken bones. The Marne resident's condition has stabilized.
The bus had its emergency lights on when the incident occurred around 7 a.m. Thursday in front of Jovany's parents' house near Eighth Avenue and Arthur Street in Wright Township, police said. His parents were not home at the time.
Jovany's 13-year-old brother was also at the bus stop, but did not enter the street and stood in the driveway.
Police said the driver -- 79-year-old Margaret Gessner from Grand Rapids -- was traveling south but did not stop as she approached the bus. She suffered minor injuries and treated at the scene. Scott Gessner, 51, from Grand Rapids, was her front-seat passenger. He also suffered minor injuries. Both of them were wearing seat belts.
Ottawa County sheriff's deputies questioned Margaret Gessner and released her at the scene.
24 Hour News 8 learned she has a clean driving record.
It was originally reported Jovany attends Coopersville High School. But he is a student at another school, and the bus was going to transfer him, which is a common practice in the district.
A crisis management team was at the high school Thursday to help counsel the nine students who were on the bus and possibly witnessed the incident.
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