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A woman has been charged after she was allegedly driving a vehicle that collided with a young girl at Cumbalum, near Ballina, on Monday.

Just after 4pm (February 15), a 9-year-old girl got off a school bus that had stopped on The Ridgeway.

The girl attempted to cross the road but was struck by a vehicle travelling east on The Ridgeway, being driven by a 55-year-old woman.

The girl suffered head and chest injuries and remains in Lismore Base Hospital.

The driver submitted to a roadside breath test which allegedly provided a positive reading.

The woman was arrested and taken to Ballina Police Station where she was submitted to a breath analysis that allegedly provided a mid-range reading of 0.103.

The woman has been charged with mid-range PCA, and has had her licence suspended.

She was given conditional bail and will appear in Ballina Local Court on 31 March 2016.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to these incidents to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.

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  1. In the USA, drivers have to stop behind a school bus and wait until all the students got off the bus. Only after the school bus departs may the cars continue to drive.

    I always wonder that people including me can just pass a school bus. So far, nobody has crossed over the road, the students all stayed on the side of the road where the bus stopped.

    I think that after this incident, the law should be changed as it is in the USA.


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