wjxt logo

Starke student hit by car as she got off school bus, driver arrested

Driver of the car was accused of reckless driving

Carl James Jr. is accused of reckless driving.
Carl James Jr. is accused of reckless driving. (Bradford County Sheriff's Office)

STARKE, Fla. – A driver was arrested after a Bradford Middle School student was struck by a car while exiting her school bus Tuesday in Starke.

According to the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office, the student was getting off the bus on W. Brownlee Street just after 3 p.m. when a driver passed two cars in front of him in an attempt to get around the bus. Video of the incident showed the bus had stopped and had all lights and signs engaged, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office identified the driver as Carl James Jr.

James was arrested, accused of reckless driving and booked into the Bradford County Jail. After posting a $500 bond, James was released about four hours later with a scheduled court date.

The student had minor injuries and was transported to Shands of Starke for further evaluation.

About the Author:

Digital reporter who has lived in Jacksonville for more than 25 years and focuses on important local issues like education and the environment.