Prince George's police have charged the driver of a car that hit a 16-year-old Surrattsville High School student Wednesday as he was boarding a school bus with a traffic violation carrying a $250 fine.
The youth, Tevis Shorter of Clinton, was reported in fair condition yesterday at Washington Hospital Center. He has right leg and left arm fractures and a concussion, said his mother, Iretha Shorter.
"He's stable, he's alert. He's much better," she said.
The driver, Clinton resident Alvin Nesmith, 31, has been charged with failure to stop for a school bus, said C. D. Pembleton, the officer who investigated the accident.It occured as the children were boarding the bus about 7 a.m. at Old Alexander Ferry Road and Ferry Avenue in Clinton.
The officer said he would not charge the driver with additional offenses.
He said he believes Nesmith was dozing off at the wheel, awoke to see the bus and swerved to avoid hitting it. "There's no reason to believe he intentionally went around the bus," the officer said.
Nesmith, who is employed in the pressroom of The Washington Post, could not be reached for comment.
Conviction on a charge of reckless driving also carries a fine of $250, state police said. There is no higher charge in an accident, unless it results in a fatality, a driver is eluding a police officer or is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, police said.
Iretha Shorter said her son always waits to be the last to board the school bus. "He's big and he figures he'll protect everybody," she said.
Her son will be hospitalized for about a week and then out of school for an unknown period, she said. He cannot use crutches because of his broken arm and leg.
Pembleton said Nesmith swerved around the right side of the bus, hit the boy and then came to rest against a curb. Nesmith, who was not injured, was "in shock and extremely upset" about the accident, the officer said.