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12-year-old hit by school bus non-responsive, fighting for life

12-year-old Natas Farkas is still unresponsive after being struck by a school but on Friday in Roy, his aunt, Cynthia Heath, told 2News. (Photo courtesy of Cynthia Heath)

(KUTV) — A 12-year-old boy continues to fight for his life at Primary Children's Hospital after being hit by a school bus in Roy on Friday.

Natas Farkas was riding his bike down a hill on 5175 South in Roy when he collided with the bus at the intersection of 2500 West.

Farkas was traveling westbound, the bus was heading southbound. Farkas reportedly had a stop sign at his portion of the intersection; the bus did not.

Farkas' family told 2News that doctors' biggest worry are his head injuries.

"It’s unbelievable what he’s going through with his little body. It’s not recognizable right now — there is a lot of damage,” said his aunt, Cynthia Heath. “You don’t want to see a child like that, ever. It’s hard — very hard.”

Heath said Farkas was racing home on his bike, trying to beat his older brother, who is in high school, and got a 10-minute head start when the accident happened.

"He was just trying to get home, having a good time, and there’s an intersection you can’t really see very clear, and he rode through that intersection when the school bus came," Heath said. "They couldn’t see him, he couldn’t see them."

The bus was carrying a load of kids. Farkas was airlifted to Primary Children's Hospital. Heath says he’s been unresponsive since the accident.

"The doctors are saying a very, very long road ahead if all goes well, God willing,” she said.

Roy police told 2News the investigation still continues, but it appears the bus driver was not speeding or distracted.

Heath said the family plans to fight for a four-way stop at that intersection because, she says, the view is blocked for cars coming and going.

A GoFundMe account to help support Farkas' medical expenses has been established.

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