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Teen fined after striking Hayward boy getting off school bus

The teenage girl whose vehicle struck a child who had just gotten off a school bus in Hayward on March 4 has been found guilty of failure to stop for an unloading school bus.

The teenage girl whose vehicle struck a child who had just gotten off a school bus in Hayward on March 4 has been found guilty of failure to stop for an unloading school bus.

Maddy Fitch, 16, of Hayward entered a plea of no contest to the charge on April 26 in Sawyer County Court, according to the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access website. She forfeited the bond of $326.50 that she had posted. Under Wisconsin law, the charge of failure to stop for an unloading school bus is not considered a criminal offense and results only in a monetary penalty.

Fitch was the driver of a 2005 GMC Yukon that struck 9-year-old Dylon Hart of Hayward just after he got off his school bus at 4 p.m. March 4 at state Highway 27 and Ranger Station Road near Hayward. The Wisconsin State Patrol said the bus had its red lights activated and its stop arm extended when the accident occurred.

Hart was airlifted to Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, where he initially was listed in critical condition. As of Monday, he was listed in good condition at Essentia Health Duluth, the former Miller-Dwan Medical Center.

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