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Six-year-old boy hit at Bismarck school bus stop

BISMARCK—While running toward a school bus, a 6-year-old Bismarck boy ran into a moving car Tuesday morning.

He's at least the second child in three months to be struck at a school bus stop in Bismarck.

When police arrived around 8 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection of North 20th Street and East Rosser Avenue, the boy already had been taken by ambulance to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, according to Bismarck Police Sgt. Mark Buschena.

Witnesses reported seeing a group of five children running south toward the bus, with all but one stopping before the roadway due to the moving vehicle.

The boy who was struck was reportedly in the back of the group and kept running into the roadway where he was hit and knocked down by the vehicle's passenger front door.

Kayode Folorunsho, a 49-year-old Bismarck man, was reportedly the driver. Buschena said the case has been sent to the city attorney for review of charges, likely for not stopping for the bus.

Witnesses reported the boy got back up again after being hit and began to cry.

The bus driver told police he had slowed down, turned his lights on and put out his stop arm, but the westbound vehicle did not slow down.

Bismarck Police reminded drivers on Tuesday to stop for school buses with flashing red lights. Violating this city ordinance carries a $100 fee and six points on one's driver's license.

Police have received 46 reports of drivers not stopping for school buses since the 2017-18 year began.

In early November, police reported that a vehicle driven by 37-year-old Jesse Engesser, of Bismarck, struck an 11-year-old girl in the abdomen and ran over both her feet. She had been crossing to a stopped school bus that reportedly had its stop sign extended and lights flashing at the time.

Engesser reportedly exited the vehicle, yelled at the girl then drove away from the scene in northeast Bismarck. She was taken to a hospital.

Two weeks ago, Buschena said that case is still under investigation.

Neither Engesser nor Folorunsho has been cited or charged.

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