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Charges expected after Verndale girl exiting bus is hit by motorist

A criminal charge is expected to be filed in Wadena County District Court against a 90-year-old woman whose car struck a 5-year-old girl after the girl had exited her school bus Monday.

The Verndale Police Department reported the girl, Myah Nelson, and her two sisters were being dropped off by the school bus at 3:53 p.m. at a residence on South Brown Street in Verndale. As Myah was walking around the front of the bus and attempting to cross the street she was struck by a car driven by Ruth Beaver.

Interim Police Chief Cory Carr said as Myah was crossing the street the bus driver saw Beaver's car approaching and honked the bus horn in an attempt to get Beaver's attention.

The vehicle was traveling between 25-30 mph when it struck Myah, Carr said. The posted speed limit on the road is 25 mph.

"It definitely could have been a lot worse," Carr said, and he reminded motorists of the need to watch for bus stop signs and flashing lights as children exit a bus.

Myah suffered minor cuts and bruises and was held overnight at a local hospital for observation. Beaver was not injured.

Carr said he expected the Wadena County Attorney's office to charge Beaver with gross misdemeanor school bus stop arm violation.

MATT ERICKSON may be reached at or 855-5857.