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Child, 14, injured in hit-and-run at Muskegon County bus stop

Posted at 9:09 AM, Jan 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-14 16:21:55-05

DALTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The Michigan State Police Rockford post is investigating after hit-and-run crash involving two students early Tuesday morning.

It happened just before 7 a.m. in the area of E Tyler Road and Russell Road in Dalton Township.

MSP says two siblings were hit while crossing the road at the bus stop. One was taken to the hospital but the other only suffered minor injuries.

Superintendent Steve Edwards says the student taken to the hospital was 14-year-old Tajen Pannell, who is an eighth-grader Reeths-Puffer Middle School and is now at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital with two possibly broken legs. His 14-year-old sister was also hit but only had minor injuries.

There were four other students either on the bus or at the stop. Edwards says the district is offering support to the students.

According to a witness, the bus was stopped with the red flashers fully operational. The car approached from the rear and passed the stopped bus, when the accident occurred.

Investigators say the suspect vehicle is believed to be a dark-colored SUV that will probably have damage to the area near the mirror on the driver's side.

The superintendent says the district is working diligently to identify the driver responsible. If you know anything about this, you are being asked to call police or Silent Observer.