WILLOWICK, OH (WOIO) - Scotty Raymond is a 7-year-old student who lives in Willowick. He loves math class, his teacher at school, and wants to grow up to be like Superman.
On Monday afternoon, the first-grader showed he has the bravery to do just that after he and a classmate were hit by a car as they exited their school bus.
The accident happened near the boys’ homes, not far from the intersection of East 300 Street and Barjode, around 3 p.m.
According to Willowick police, a red Hyundai, driven by an 18-year-old woman, failed to stop for the school bus, tried to pass it on the left, then hit Scotty and another child as they were getting off the bus.
“I bounced off the car and I hit my head on the cement. Not that hard, and I hit this on the cement, too,” Raymond said.
Raymond ran to his home, bleeding, telling his mother, Kristine Raymond, what had happened. When Raymond raced outside, she saw another child lying in the grass as neighbors ran to call for help.
Meanwhile, the driver of the car that hit the children had fled the scene.
“That she did that, that’s just awful. Scotty said, ‘She didn’t even get out and see if we were okay,’" said the boy’s mother.
The woman, whose name will not be released until formal charges are filed on Wednesday morning, turned herself into police Tuesday afternoon. Police say she came with her lawyer and she admitted that she was in a hurry to get to work when she tried to pass the bus and hit the kids. She told them she panicked and fled the scene, parking her car in a garage near the Cleveland Clinic, where she worked as a valet.
"It's just a serious, serious crime, that we're not used to here," said Willowick Mayor Richard Regovich.
The mayor told 19 News he believes penalties should be stricter for failing to stop for a school bus.
Currently, drivers may be cited by police and have their licenses suspended. The state legislature is considering a law that would toughen the penalties.
Meanwhile, Kristine Raymond says the last 24 hours have been a whirlwind for her family.
"It's been crazy, but I'm very thankful that he's here," she said.
Her son, Scotty, says he’s a little nervous to get back on the school bus, but he’s ready for things to get back to normal.
"I feel good," he said. "I can't wait for tomorrow to go back to school."
According to police, the driver of the car that hit Raymond and the other child will be charged with multiple crimes, including failure to stop for a school bus and leaving the scene of an accident. The latter charge carries the most serious penalty, with the possibility of six months in jail.
The driver will appear in court on May 30.