Bensalem Teen Struck by Driver With Suspended License Dies From Injuries

A teen who was hit by a car near a Bensalem bus stop Thursday morning died from his injuries overnight.

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    A teenage boy was hit by a car near a Bensalem school bus stop on Thursday died from his injuries on Saturday, shortly after midnight.

    A teen who was hit by a car near a Bensalem bus stop Thursday morning died from his injuries overnight.

    Police say Ryan Viola, 17, who was a student at Bucks County Technical School, was hit by a silver Mitsubishi Galant on Thursday just before 7 a.m. on Bensalem Boulevard and Courtside Drive while attempting to cross the road to get to the school bus stop.

    Driver Who Hit Teen Didn't Have Valid License

    [PHI] Driver Who Hit Teen Didn't Have Valid License
    A 17-year-old Bucks County student was struck by a car while heading to his bus stop. NBC10's Deanna Durante reports on what the driver who hit him didn't have.

    "He was walking and his brother was in front of him and he was just walking and the car just hit him. I just saw him fly up in the air..." a teenage witness told NBC10's Jesse Gary.

    Police say the impact sent the boy flying 40 yards down the road.

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    [PHI] Teen Hit by Car, Thrown 40 Yards
    A 17-year-old boy was hit by a car on his way to his school bus stop on Bensalem Boulevard. He is in critical condition.

    Viola was transported to Aria-Torresdale Hospital with serious, life-threatening injuries on Thursday. Police say he succumbed to those injuries shortly after midnight on Saturday.

    Bensalem Police say Viola was crossing on red and the driver had the right of way.

    Witnesses say the driver was inconsolable. The 54-year-old driver from Northeast Philadelphia cooperated with police but it turns out she has a suspended license in two states.

    "(The suspension) does not appear to be DUI it looks like traffic violations or other administrative reasons," said Bensalem Police Public Safety Director Fred Harran told NBC10's Deanna Durante.

    Due to the suspended license, Harran says the driver could face citations even if the investigation into the crash reveals she wasn't speeding.

    The driver claims she never saw the boy crossing the street because it was too dark.