Woman accused of hitting parked school bus then fleeing scene

19-year-old charged in hit-and-run with parked school bus at New Hanover High

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Amelia Rae Watts, 19, is facing charges in connection to hitting a New Hanover County school bus with her car and then leaving the scene.

According to Wilmington police, Watts drifted into the school bus loading zone at New Hanover School at approximately 8:20 a.m. Monday and hit the parked bus.

Students had exited the bus about three minutes before.

Officials say the bus driver attempted to alert Watts, who kept driving after the collision, by honking his horn several times. He was able to get part of the plate number before exiting the bus and running after the vehicle.

The driver ran about a block before catching up with Watts, who was stopped in traffic at 14th and Market streets. The bus driver then obtained Watts’ full plate number.

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