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Garner High School student hit, killed in morning accident

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A 14-year-old girl from Garner Magnet High School was hit and killed Monday morning trying to get to the school bus.

Officials say a 2001 Pontiac struck Maria Fernandez Jimenez near Highway N.C. 50/Benson Highway and J.R. Drive in Garner, near the Johnston County line around 6:30 a.m.

The Highway Patrol says the accident happened in front of the Jimenez's home, and the bus lights had amber lights flashing but not red lights. The red flashing lights don't activate until the bus completely stops and the door opens.

Officials said the Jimenez's 16-year-old brother was a few steps behind her and two other students were on the other side of street waiting to get on the bus. Six students were already on the bus. A second bus was dispatched to pick up those students.

Alcohol and speed are not believed to be factors and no charges are expected to be filed against the driver, because the red lights were not flashing.

Wake County Schools released a statement saying, "The Wake County School Systems' thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends of the student."

At Garner High Monday, students were reacting to the death.

"A lot of people were sad, crying," said Barbara Hungerford, a friend of Maria's.

"She was very kind, quiet," she said. 

Friends and neighbors say the family had just recently moved to the home in Garner, and Maria was newly enrolled at the high school.


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