The driver of a mini-van that hit a Chisum ISD student Thursday as she got off the school bus has been arrested, according to officials.
At 4:39 p.m. Thursday, the 15-year-old student was struck as she exited the bus near her home on US 82 near Toco, according to DPS Public Information Officer Mark Tackett.
Marlon Sherod Coleman, 42, of Dallas, was arrested at the scene and held Friday on unrelated warrants charging him with speeding, driving while his license was invalid, no driver’s license and violating promise to appear twice.
He was also charged with driving while his license was invalid with a previous conviction or suspension. Bond was not set as of 10 a.m. Friday.
“(Coleman) was distracted and didn’t realize the school bus was stopped,” Tackett said Friday. “He was going too fast and jerked his vehicle to the right to avoid hitting the bus. He hit the girl as she was coming off.”
Tackett said the student broke her leg and was flown to Medical Center of Plano.
Chisum ISD Superintendent Tommy Chalaire said Thursday that first-responders, as well as the bus driver, did an excellent job and that the student will pull through.
“The student appears to be okay once she comes through her foot and ankle injury,” Chalaire said Thursday. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to her and her family.”