A North Carolina teenager was struck by a vehicle while leaving a school bus in Halifax County this week. He is now in stable condition, according to a spokesperson from the hospital.
According to the State Highway Patrol, Tillman Mitchell was a Hollister student at the Haliwa–Saponi Tribal school. He had just gotten off the bus and was walking down the street to his home when he was struck by a 2022 Tesla Model Y.
According to Kristin Kelly, he was airlifted to WakeMed with life-threatening injuries Wednesday afternoon. He was then listed in good health Friday morning, according to hospital spokesperson Kristin.
The driver was identified as Dr. Howard Gene Yee (a 51-year old dentist from Roanoke Rapids), and he failed to stop for the stopped schoolbus. Highway patrol stated that it had all its activated warning lights.
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First Sgt. Christopher Knox, State Highway Patrol stated that the initial assessment showed it was distracted driving. He said that investigators are investigating whether the Tesla was operating in autopilot mode at time of the accident.
Yee was booked in Halifax County Jail on a $25,000 bond. He was charged with reckless driving as well as “passing stop school buses striking a person.” According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Yee was released.
Yee’s dentist office did not respond immediately to our request for comment.