Updated Bus Routes Could Prevent Tragic Accidents

Neighbors say the death of an Aiken County student, who was killed last week while crossing the road to get on the school bus, could have been prevented.

Aiken County, South Carolina – Neighbors say the death of an Aiken County student, who was killed last week while crossing the road to get on the school bus, could have been prevented.

16-year-old Skylar Pennington was hit while crossing US Highway 1 at its intersection with Edisto Road. Now a white cross painted on the highway is the only thing left from the accident that claimed her life.

Neighbor Terry Setzer is talking about the October 2nd accident that killed Skylar Pennington. According to police reports, Pennington was crossing US Highway 1 near Edisto Road in Aiken County to catch the bus, when she was hit by a car.

Setzer says it was disturbing to watch everything unfold from his home.

“I walked down to the corner of my property and I looked and her body is down the road. they are painting a cross up here in front of my house where she got hit at.” Setzer told News Channel 6.

Just following the accident. Neighbors tell News Channel 6 that they found Skylar Pennington’s book bag right here on Highway 1, near this mailbox.

Neighbors, like Setzer, say having students cross busy streets to catch buses is too dangerous, and the accident that killed Pennington is proof. But a spokesperson for Aiken County Schools tells News Channel 6 the bus routes are determined by the state, not the county.

“The state law definitely needs to be updated. How can someone in Columbia dictate what the buses do in Aiken.” Setzer told News Channel 6.

Now Setzer says this accident proves some changes need to be made.

“That should be their main goal. Worry about the children,” Setzer said.

News Channel 6 did reached out to the Aiken County Public Schools Administrators to see if changes to bus routes will come in the future and have yet to hear back. There are currently no charges being filed against the driver of the car that hit Pennington.

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