Mother sees her 8-year old son get hit by a car while getting onto bus


Posted on November 17, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 17 at 6:22 PM

Boy hit by car in Mathews County

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MATHEWS COUNTY – An eight-year old boy is in serious condition after a car hit him as he was trying to get onto a school bus Wednesday morning.

It happened at about 7:40 in the 17300 block of Route 14 also known as John Clayton Memorial Highway in Mathews County. 

The school bus was stopped and had its lights activated and stop sign displayed, according to Sgt. Michelle Anaya with Virginia State Police.  A Dodge Neon hit the boy, Jamarri Henderson, as he crossed the road.

The driver of the car, 69-year old Robert Armellino, has been charged with failure to stop for a school bus.

The child's mother, Barbara Billups, saw the whole thing happen.

"As soon as I pulled the window down, I heard the bus and I heard yelling and that's when I saw a book bag on the ground," described Billups, who is wheelchair bound since she was in a car accident earlier this year.

"I couldn't even get out to run to my son.  My brother is running out there and nobody is coming back telling me nothing.  So I'm crawling outside in the rain on my knees."

According to the victim's uncle, the driver was very apologetic.

"The guy got out of his car.  He came over and he was like, 'I'm sorry.  I'm sorry.  I couldn't see,'" described Terry Cooke.

Jamarri suffered a mild concussion and has bruised ribs.  He is now at home recovering.  His family forgives the driver.

Just a few weeks ago on Rt. 14 about nine miles away on the Gloucester side, another boy was hit while trying to catch a bus.  13News has learned that 10-year old is Jamarri's cousin.  He is also recovering.