Charlotte City Councilmember's Wife, Children Hospitalized From Crash At Bus Stop
Updated 2:55 p.m.
Charlotte City Councilmember Tariq Bokhari says his wife and two of his three children were hospitalized Tuesday after a truck hit them a school bus stop.
"On the first day of school (for our kindergartner), Krista Keith Bokhari and all 3 kids were at the bus stop drop off. A truck careened around the corner and hit her and two of the kids," Tariq Bokhari wrote in Facebook post Tuesday night.
"Kids are scraped up but have been released and are good. Krista's CT scans thankfully were all good, but she can't move her neck, has a bad concussion, and is in some terrible pain," he wrote.
Tariq said he was angry his family's bus stop was on a road that did not have any sidewalks, and he urged drivers to slow down when driving through residential areas.
"I want to relay a message of the greatest importance: school is back in session, and many places don't have sidewalks and there are no safe options," Tariq Bokhari wrote. "Slow down — especially in neighborhoods. There's no where you need to be that's worth changing someone's family forever."
The Republican councilmember represents Charlotte's sixth district, which encompasses many areas of south Charlotte. His home address is on Sharon Road, near Charlotte's SouthPark area, according to public voter records.
Many older streets and neighborhoods in the Myers Park and SouthPark areas do not have sidewalks because in many cases, developers were not required to build them.
Prior to 1998, the city of Charlotte did not require developers to build sidewalks in new neighborhoods or subdivisions.
The city has since updated its code, and now requires developers to install sidewalks on both sides of all new roads and subdivisions. However, the rule only applies to new construction.
In an emailed statement, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department confirmed that a woman had been struck by a vehicle on Aug. 31 in the 2300 block of Thetford Court.
The collision happened at about 3:17 p.m. and the woman was transported to a hospital by a Medic ambulance. Police said the driver of the vehicle remained on the scene until the investigation concluded.
Police did not say whether any charges had been filed in the case.