UPDATE: Car struck girl who was getting on school bus

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email
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The Knox County man accused of driving into a girl who was getting on a school bus has pleaded guilty.

Sheriff's deputies charged 20-year-old David Wyatt with reckless driving.

Deputies say the school bus stop sign was out when he drove through and hit 12-year-old Macayla Callebs on Thursday morning.

The Knox County Attorney tells us Wyatt pleaded guilty and was sentenced to pay a fine and go to traffic school.


A morning walk to the bus turned into a mother's nightmare.

Knox County Sheriff's Deputies say a man hit 12-year-old Macayla Callebs with his car while she was walking to the school bus.

Deputies arrested 20-year-old David Wyatt.

It happened just after 7:00 a.m. on Kentucky 11 in the Cannon community of Knox County. The crash happened in front of Calleb's home.

"I heard the lick out my bedroom window and I came running. I was the first one to her. I found her covered in blood, scared me to death," said Marie Jordan, Calleb's great-grandmother.

"The only thing I kept thinking was let her be alive," said Effie Cox, Calleb's mother.

The 12-year- old survived but has a broken shoulder, a cracked pelvis, and a large gash on her head that required a row of stitches.

Macayla says she barely remembers what happened.

"I see a car coming up and I think it's going to slow down then I'm laying face down on the ground with my head bleeding and my leg and my arm hurting," she said.

Knox County Sheriff's Deputies say the bus had its stop sign out but Wyatt kept driving and hit the girl. Deputies charged Wyatt with reckless driving.

"The conditions with it being dark, the wet roads and it raining and so forth and the speeds were a little bit of a factor," said Deputy Claude Hudson.

Deputy Hudson said Wyatt was on his way to work.

"You know the bus is going to be out getting kids, pay more attention, cause it could've ended up a lot worse. I could've been burying my kid instead of just worrying about her getting a good night's rest. She could not be here," said Cox.

The mother says Macayla will miss school while she recovers. Macayla plays trumpet in the Knox County Middle School band and told us she is disappointed she will not be able to play trumpet for awhile.

Knox County Jail officials say Wyatt was released on Thursday afternoon.

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