Austin Smith, the six-year-old Unicoi Elementary Student who was struck by a vehicle while boarding a school bus on Unicoi Drive the morning of March 6, was released from Niswonger Childrens Hospital on March 11, according to information from Mountain States Health Alliance. Members of the Unicoi Volunteer Fire Department escorted Smith from the hospital to his home.
Smith and his grandmother, Katherine Bryant, 47, of Unicoi, were injured around 6:30 a.m. on March 6 when Kris Ann Waterhouse, 57, of Bakersville, N.C., failed to stop her 2011 Kia Sorrento for the loading of children on a Unicoi County school bus stopped at 5228 Unicoi Drive, according to a report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
The THP reported that the bus, driven by Clyde Bryant, 79, of Unicoi, was stopped on Unicoi Drive southbound. Bryant had activated the flashing amber and red lights and the stop sign to alert traffic that children were boarding the bus, which was not hit during the alleged incident.
Waterhouse was traveling northbound on Unicoi Drive and, according to the THP, did not stop for children to be loaded onto the bus. Waterhouse attempted to now pass the school bus at 5228 Unicoi Drive where a six-year-old child was walking across the northbound lane of Unicoi Drive and was walking to board the school bus, the THP report said.
For the remainder of this article please see the March 19, 2014 edition of The Erwin Record.