MONTVILLE, NJ - Early Wednesday morning, a Montville teen was hit by a car while crossing the street to board the school bus, according to Montville Township Police Captain Andrew Caggiano.

Caggiano said the Montville police responded to a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle at 6:43 a.m. at the intersection of Lakeshore Drive and Virginia Road. 

“The investigation revealed that a Subaru Forester was driving north on Vista Road, proceeded through the intersection and struck a 17 year old student who was crossing the street to board the school bus,” Caggiano said. “The Forester was traveling towards the school bus, which was stopped and had its warning lights activated.”

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Montville Township Schools Superintendent Rene Rovtar said a Montville Township High School student was hit by a vehicle that “attempted to illegally pass the bus” as the student was approaching the bus to board it. 

“The bus was following standard boarding procedures and used the amber and red lights to signal the stop for students to board at the designated location,” Rovtar said. 

The student sustained injuries and was transported to Morristown Memorial Hospital for evaluation and was later released, according to Caggiano.

“The driver of the Forester remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators,” Caggiano said. The investigation is ongoing by members of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and the Traffic Division of the Montville Township Police Department.

“The police investigation resulted in road closures that made it impossible for some district bus routes to be completed. The bus company did send out a bus to run the routes after the road was re-opened, but, unfortunately a number of students were not able to be picked up,” Rovtar said. “We appreciate the swift response of emergency personnel, as well as the bus driver, and we thank those who had to make other arrangements for transportation during the investigation for their cooperation.”