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By John Lauritsen, WCCO-TV

MORA (WCCO) — A 6-year-old Mora boy remains hospitalized after he was hit by a car while trying to get on a school bus.

Zane Joiner was crossing Ninth Street around 7:45 a.m. Wednesday when the accident occurred.

Marie Wireman said she has experienced something she doesn’t wish on any parent. From inside her home, she heard a car hit her son Zane as he and other kids crossed the street to get to their school bus.

“It’s been very difficult. It is nothing I ever expected to go through. I made it out the door well before anyone made it to my door,” said Marie Wireman. “It was terrifying. I had no idea what was wrong with my son.”

Zane was airlifted to North Memorial in Robbinsdale with a skull fracture, eye socket fracture, broken collarbone, and bruised ribs. On Thursday afternoon he was upgraded to fair condition.

“I am upset. I get more upset that the cops don’t patrol the road enough,” said Wireman.

Wireman believes drivers go way too fast on Ninth Street, and other than flashing lights on a school bus, there is nothing to indicate a bus stop. She also believes there is no reason kids should have to cross the road to get on the bus.

More than anything, she doesn’t want to see other children go through what her son is going through.

“I would like to see more officers watching and I would like to see the school change that bus route. There are a lot of families with young children in the townhome complex that we live in. And there are two driveways so it would take a minute to loop that circle and pick the kids up,” said Wireman.

Authorities say the driver who hit Zane Joiner has been cooperating with their investigation.

There is no word yet on whether or not charges will be filed.

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