May 24, 2018
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Windham boy struck by pickup while crossing road to board school bus

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

WINDHAM, Maine — An 11-year old Windham boy was hospitalized Thursday morning after he was struck by a pickup truck as he crossed Route 115 attempting to board his school bus.

Windham police Sgt. David Thomas said Ryan Boucher, 22, of Lewiston failed to stop for the bus, which had its emergency lights flashing.

“I’ve never seen one of those in 30 years where a student has been hit” attempting to board the bus, Thomas said.

Boucher was heading westbound on Route 115 when he hit Xin Lao Chen, who was taken to Maine Medical Center. He was reported to be in stable condition.

The boy was conscious and alert at the scene, according to Thomas

He said the pickup had significant damage.

“The way the impact happened, he went into the hood of the pickup,” said Thomas, noting the boy’s injuries could have been worse had he struck the vehicle’s windshield.

“It’s going to be a Christmas miracle for that family,” Thomas said.

The speed limit in the section of Route 115 where the accident occurred, about a mile from downtown Windham, is 35 mph. The District Attorney’s Office has been called in to investigate the accident.

Thomas said that Boucher offered no explanation as to why he didn’t stop for the bus and that road conditions weren’t icy.

Boucher will face a charge of failing to yield for a school bus Further charges could be lodged once the investigation is complete, according to Thomas.

Another school bus was dispatched to take the other children to school.

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