A STUDENT FROM THE MERLIN AREA IS RECOVERING THIS MORNING, AFTER BEING HIT BY A CAR AFTER GETTING OFF A SCHOOL BUS. RURAL METRO SAYS IT HAPPENED AROUND 2:30 YESTERDAY AFTERNOON, ON PLEASANT VALLEY ROAD NEAR PEACH STREET. INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THE STUDENT WAS TRYING TO CROSS THE ROAD AFTER THE BUS HAD PULLED AWAY, AND WAS HIT BY A PASSING VEHICLE. RURAL METRO SAYS THE MINOR HAD SERIOUS INJURIES, BUT IS EXPECTED TO BE OK.