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Boy, 8, remains on life support

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 12:03 PM
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An 8-year-old boy who was hit Monday morning while boarding a school bus on Belair Road remained in critical condition on life support at Georgia Regents Medical Center, Richmond County sheriff’s deputies said Tuesday.

Scott William Hancock, 20, is charged with reckless driving.
Scott William Hancock, 20, is charged with reckless driving.

Jaidyn Williams was walking across the westbound lanes of the 3800 block of Belair Road about 7:10 a.m. to board the No. 72 bus to Sue Reynolds Elementary School when a westbound Chrysler Town & Country minivan struck him.

Deputies have not said why the vehicle’s driver, Scott William Hancock, 20, of Augusta, failed to stop for the bus’ caution lights and stop sign. Hancock was being held at the Richmond County jail Tuesday, charged with failure to stop for a school bus while loading and unloading and with reckless driving.

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Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 12/10/13 - 01:31 pm
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Every parent's nightmare.

Every parent's nightmare. Prayers to the family and for little Jaidyn's recovery.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 12/10/13 - 02:07 pm
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I wonder why they are holding

I wonder why they are holding this guy with no bail.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 12/10/13 - 02:58 pm
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@Giants

I would imagine they're waiting to see how the child fares before adding more charges. I would venture to guess aggravated manslaughter vs. some other sort of lesser charge. I pray the former of the two is not necessary.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 12/10/13 - 03:21 pm
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BDouglas, Makes sense.

BDouglas,
Makes sense.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 12/10/13 - 04:16 pm
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If this was caused by cell phone distraction,

the charges ought to be enhanced, say, they way that hate crimes get enhanced punishment.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 12/10/13 - 06:00 pm
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God bless
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Master Williams and help him to a full recovery.

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 12/10/13 - 06:22 pm
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Nuckle Head

He is a teenager with no understanding of our rules - he should never have been on our roads to injure this young child

avidreader
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avidreader 12/10/13 - 06:57 pm
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Let's Not Judge Too Quickly!

The life of this child is hanging on a ledge, and I grieve for the family. However, I know Scott Hancock, and he is a wonderful young man who would NEVER maliciously injure another human being. This was a tragic accident. Scott is at fault, but I know that he is also grieving for Jaidyn's family. Scott will have to live with this for the rest of his life, and I know that he will stand up and openly ask to be forgiven and deal with whatever punishment is delivered.

I do not know much about the circumstances, but I am confident that this travesty had nothing to do with drugs or alcohol. I only know that an honest young man made a terrible mistake.

God bless both families.

happychimer
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happychimer 12/10/13 - 09:07 pm
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He made no mistake. If he

He made no mistake. If he can't see a big school bus with flashing red lights stopped in the road, then he has no business getting behind the wheel of any vehicle. Was he texting? If he did not see the bus then he had to have been doing something other than keeping his eyes on the road. He was careless and can't undo what he did. I have no sympathy for him. I do feel for his family but not him. That innocent child is on life support. I just hope and pray that he survives and gets well.

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 12/10/13 - 10:22 pm
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@happychimer, God forbid you

@happychimer, God forbid you ever do something wrong. I am sure you are a perfect person and heaven will be honored to let you in because of your great perfection. I am not taking away the horrific tragic act that has been done. A child may lose his life! But its important to understand things happen we all wish we could change. You say you have no sympathy for him...what a cold person you must be! I have sympathy for both him and the child and his family. I have two children and if one of them were killed in such a way I would agonize over it but I have the ability to forgive. If you wonder why? It is because I have been forgiven of my sins by a Holy God. Jesus took my guilt, sin and shame when he died on the cross for me and all those who would receive His forgiveness. Because I have been forgiven I can forgive. Maybe you have no sympathy because you have never received grace and forgiveness yourself.

happychimer
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happychimer 12/10/13 - 10:33 pm
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scoop I can't see how anybody

scoop I can't see how anybody can not see a big freaking bus. eye problems? texting? A block from there a young woman was texting and did not slow down for a red light and ran into the back of a big utility and she died instantly. She had been texting.
So you want to excuse the young man's act of not stopping. What about the reckless driving? Where did that come from?Maybe there is more we don't know yet. I hope the judge throws the book at him for not stopping for that bus.

happychimer
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happychimer 12/10/13 - 10:35 pm
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and don't twist the Bible

and don't twist the Bible around to suite your agenda. I refuse to argue religion.

happychimer
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happychimer 12/10/13 - 10:41 pm
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scoop why are you attacking

scoop why are you attacking me? you can disagree with me till the cows come home, but you are not suppose to attack the poster. Don't you know that?

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 12/10/13 - 10:49 pm
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You are right, sorry for

You are right, sorry for attacking you.

happychimer
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happychimer 12/10/13 - 11:06 pm
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apology accepted. Thanks.

apology accepted. Thanks.

Lee Benedict
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Lee Benedict 12/10/13 - 11:56 pm
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Really?

My deepest sympathy for Jaidyn and his family and prayers for a full and speedy recovery!

LillyfromtheMills 12/10/13 - 05:22 pm: "He is a teenager with no understanding of our rules - he should never have been on our roads to injure this young child"?

1) he's 20-years-old, not a teenager
2) "our rules", "our roads"? Do explain. I believe that someone engaged in stereotyping based upon the 20-year-old's photograph.
3) "no understanding of our rules"? What's that mean? Your comments are asinine, prejudicial, and woefully stereotypical.

All of that aside, a school bus is big and yellow. Even the vans are somewhat large. If, as the driver claimed, the flashers were on, the stop sign and bars were extended, how in the name of sweet wholesome crap could someone not see it? Let's give him the benefit of a huge doubt and attribute it to the fog: the fog was not "that bad"; he allegedly did not stop until it was "too late"; the pictures I saw of the area lead me to believe that this happened on a straightaway. Assuming all of this is true, and other aspects mentioned by WRDW such as the bus driver waiving arms out from the window while yelling for Hancock to stop, then Hancock acted recklessly, period. I'm sorry, but this guy must have been asleep behind the wheel or engaged in some major texting or completely unaware of what he was doing and what was around him, AND, unaware for a good bit more than a second.

Mistake? Definitely not. 2 + 2 = 5 is a mistake. What he allegedly did based upon the facts as I know them is pure carelessness and reckless abandon.

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bubbasauce 12/11/13 - 04:17 am
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Sad, very sad.

Sad, very sad.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 12/11/13 - 06:51 am
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(happychimer) " What about

(happychimer) " What about the reckless driving? Where did that come from?"

the reckless driving comes from running the school bus alarm system and hitting a child (I believe that is considered reckless) What else would you like for him to be charged with at this particular time?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/11/13 - 07:44 am
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Evidently

ICL, some want a lynching party formed.

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 12/11/13 - 08:25 am
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Lee - I didn't see the photo

Sorry - just hurts me for the little boy - it could have been my grandchild - didn't mean to imply anything else - even little kids know to stop for a school bus

GACopprhed
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GACopprhed 12/11/13 - 08:36 am
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Articles like this should
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Articles like this should have comments disabled, to prevent to silliness that is being shown here. Bickering and fighting about politics is one thing, but nobody's opinion about what happened and punishment should be voiced about things like this. No one has the Christian right to damn someone, and since none of us really know the full circumstances, we should just hush and let the people who are and should be involved deal with this tragedy.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 12/11/13 - 10:03 am
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@copperhead--7:36 am "No one

@copperhead--7:36 am
"No one has the Christian right to damn someone, and since none of us really know the full circumstances, we should just hush and let the people who are and should be involved deal with this tragedy."

AMEN!

I think most are reacting out of a sense of empathy for the child and his family. And that is understandable. As careful as I try to be when driving, I can't tell you how many times an "angel" has stopped me in a "nanosecond" from what could have been a fatal action. It's good to remember that, "There, but for the grace of God, goes______." (insert own name)

My thoughts are with both the child and driver.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/11/13 - 10:22 am
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GAC is right. If you weren't
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GAC is right. If you weren't there, and don't know the facts..how can you judge anyone?

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Childadvocate2 12/11/13 - 10:47 am
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Questions remain...

I could not sleep at all last night...was in prayer for this precious child.

Did you know that the State of Georgia (prior to the 2012/13 school year), led the nation for 3 consecutive years for the number of child fatalities loading and unloading our school bus children?

Questions are: 1) Did the school bus driver give the child (who had to cross one lane of traffic to load his bus) the HAND SIGNAL that it was OK for him to cross? 2) Had the child received school system instruction as to safe loading and unloading procedures?

Did you know that the RED STOP SIGN on school buses does NOT engage until the bus is at a COMPLETE STOP and when the door opens?

Ask yourself, as a regular driver on the road at a regular traffic light, do you stop when you see the amber light?

InChristLove
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InChristLove 12/11/13 - 11:08 am
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Thank you Childadvocate2.

Thank you Childadvocate2. From someone who is a former school bus driver, the stop arm does not engage or extend out until the doors are opened. I've never understood why the safety arm can not be activated before the bus comes to a complete stop and the doors are opened, or why when there are young children who have to cross the road to load or unload, that a parent is not standing at the bus stop to make sure the students crosses the road safely.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 12/11/13 - 11:17 am
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I went back and review the

I went back and review the original article and it said the safety arm and lights were working. Does that mean they were in operating order or that they were working at the time this accident happened? Also I noticed in the photo that there are two trash cans at the edge of the road. Is it possible the child stepped out from behind the trash cans to cross the road and due to the fog it made visiablity difficult? If the school bus driver signaled the child to cross over, why didn't he/she wait till traffic had come to a complete stop before allowing children to cross the street? So many questions but it basically comes down to why didn't this young man not stop?

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 12/11/13 - 12:03 pm
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The most likely scenario is

The most likely scenario is distracted driver, but we don't know that or anything else except there is a child fighting for his life and a 20 y.o. who will forever carry this burden. Regardless of how it happened, it is tragic.

happychimer
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happychimer 12/11/13 - 12:26 pm
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There was a group of kids

There was a group of kids getting on the bus. Of course the bus was stopped! anything to take up for the criminal. sick.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 12/11/13 - 01:32 pm
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Who is taking up for a

Who is taking up for a criminal? Have you been appointed judge and jury, and already convicted the driver? What we have is an otherwise normal 20 y.o. who has made a huge and tragic mistake. He wasn't intoxicated. As far as we know, he wasn't speeding. With this likely being a distracted driving case (I can't imagine anyone with a driver's license seeing a stopped bus with flashing lights and run the stop sign anyway- it may happen, but it is rare), which of us can honestly say we've never had a close call because of something else that caught our attention? (phone, song on radio, looking in rearview, daydreaming, kids in backseat, etc., etc.)
There but for the grace of God go I.

If the investigation shows that the driver was willfully distracted with texting or ran the bus stop sign because he was in a hurry or such, then let justice play out accordingly. Until then, my prayers are with both he and the child.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/11/13 - 01:47 pm
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Not taking up for the
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Not taking up for the criminal.....taking up for the law that says innocent until proven guilty. But if guilty, then by all means, prosecute harshly.

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