HARRELLS — The driver of a tractor-trailer truck that struck and killed a child Tuesday afternoon at a school bus stop in Sampson County without stopping was later taken into custody near the town of Autryville.
State Highway Patrol officials were consulting Tuesday evening with the Sampson County District Attorneys Office to discuss possible charges against Johnny Allen Spell, 37, of 192 Bud Spell Lane, Roseboro.
The child, whose name is being withheld pending notification of family members, was struck about 3:30 p.m. on U.S. 421 South near the Harrells community, according to Highway Patrol spokesman First Sgt. Jeff Gordon.
The school bus was traveling south on U.S. 421 where it stopped near Herring Road and activated all of its emergency equipment while letting a student off the bus, Gordon said.
Witnesses said a tractor trailer hauling lumber that was also traveling south on U.S. 421, approached the bus from behind, passed it, struck the child and continued on, he said.