Driver arrested after woman, girl hit at Chester bus stop


A woman and child were airlifted after being hit by a minivan at a school bus stop in Chester on Thursday and the van’s driver was later arrested.

Danny Dove, 53, of Chester is charged with failure to stop when meeting or passing a stopped school bus, with great bodily injury. He was booked at the Chester County Detention Center, where he was given a $10,000 bond  Friday afternoon.

The collision happened about 1:50 p.m. at Pinckney Street and Empty Pockets Drive, according to Lance Cpl. Gary Miller of the Highway Patrol.

The Chester woman and her daughter, a 5-year-old Head Start student, were crossing the road in front of a stopped school bus, which had its warning lights flashing and stop arm and sign extended, officials said. Troopers initially identified the child as age 3.

Dove was driving a 2002 Ford minivan east on Pinckney Street when he disregarded the warning lights and devices and struck the pedestrians, Miller said.

The girl and her mother were both transported by helicopter to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. The mother has since been released and the child remains hospitalized Friday morning.

Dove was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation.

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