CLAY COUNTY, Mo. — A 39-year-old Lawson, Missouri man has been charged for allegedly hitting an elementary school student, who was getting off a school bus, with his vehicle and leaving the scene.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office said the driver of the truck who hit the child was traveling at a high rate of speed.

Kyle P. Barrett was charged Friday with leaving the scene of a crash, resulting in injury, according to the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office said a tip led them to Barrett.

The incident occurred around 4:20 p.m. Thursday at 92 Highway and Cameron Road in Excelsior Springs.

A 7-year-old boy was getting off the bus when officials said the driver of a late 1990s/early 2000s, black Chevy S-10 pickup truck struck him and fled the scene. Remarkably, he was only treated for a cut at the hospital.

“Anything going past a school bus that has a stop sign out is a high rate of speed,” Media Relations Manager with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office Sarah Boyd said.

Boyd said the flashing light on the stop sign are not a suggestion. They’re the law.

“You have to stop for that,” Boyd said. “The safety and lives of children are at stake.”

The boy who was hit is a student in the Excelsior Springs School District and was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said the boy was alert at the scene.

Barrett is being held in the Clay County jail on a $50,000 bond.

The investigation is still ongoing.

Earlier this week, a driver hit a Fort Osage student in Independence when the child stepped of a school bus. 

Independence Police said the driver took off in a black four door car. 

The Fort Osage School District said in a Statement, “The bus driver followed all safety protocols and procedures. The District would like to remind parents and patrons to obey bus safety laws and exercise caution when students are loading and unloading buses.”

About a month ago in Peculiar, a 5-year-old was hurt after getting hit by a school bus.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office put extra deputies around school bus stops Friday to make sure kids were safe.

“Because this can’t continue,” Boyd said. “This is ridiculous. Your kids should be safe, that should be the safest form of transportation they have to and from school.”

Independence police are still looking for the person who they say hit a child and drove off. If you have any information, call IPD at (816) 325-7300 or 816-474-TIPS.

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