Where, as in the instant case, there is evidence tending to show (1) that the defendant in an action to recover damages for *172personal injuries suffered by the plaintiff was driving an automobile on a highway in this State at a speed of from forty to forty-five miles per hour; (2) that while thus driving- the automobile, the defendant approached a group of children, standing near the highway, some on one side, and others on the other side of the highway, and thus awaiting the arrival of a school bus which was approaching the children from the direction in which the defendant was driving, for the purpose of transporting the children to a public school which they were attending as pupils; and (3) that the defendant saw, or in the exercise of reasonable care could have seen, the children in this situation, but did not slacken his speed and give warning of his approach by sounding his horn or otherwise, such evidence is sufficient as a matter of law to sustain the allegation in the complaint that the defendant was driving the automobile in violation of the provisions of C. S., 2621 (45), and was for that reason negligent. See Towe v. R. R., 165 N. C., 1, 80 S. E., 889; Moore v. Powell, 205 N. C., 636, 172 S. E., 327; Fox v. Barlow, 206 N. C., 66, 173 S. E., 43. In the last cited case it is said by Brogden, J.: “Experience demonstrates that children of tender years in and about streets and highways are likely, in obedience to impulse, to run into and across such streets and highways suddenly and without warning. Motorists must know and recognize this fact and govern themselves accordingly, else the criminal and civil laws must be called upon to turn professor.” The situation in the instant case was such that the driver must have known as he drove into the group of children that some of them would cross or attempt to cross the highway as soon as the approaching school bus stopped to take the children on as passengers. Every fact and circumstance in the situation that the driver of the automobile saw or should have seen indicated that it was the purpose of the children to enter the bus as soon as it stopped, and that the children on the east side of the highway must necessarily cross to the west side, where the bus would stop.
Where there is evidence, as there was in the instant case, tending to show further that the defendant, while thus driving the automobile recklessly and without due caution for the safety of the children who were standing near the highway, awaiting the arrival of the school bus, which could then be seen by the driver of the automobile approaching the children, struck and injured the plaintiff, a child six years of age, and one of the group of children standing near the highway, as she started to cross the highway from the east to the west side, to enter the bus as soon as it stopped, such evidence is sufficient as a matter of law to sustain the allegation in the complaint that the plaintiff was injured by the negligence of the defendant.
*173Whether or not, in the instant case, the negligence of the defendant Paul Miller was the proximate cause of the injuries suffered by the plaintiff was clearly a matter for the jury. The submission of the evidence to the jury as tending to establish the liability of the defendant Paul Miller in this case was not error, and the motion of the defendants for judgment as of nonsuit was properly denied by the trial court. There was no error in the ruling of the judge of the Superior Court to that effect.
The defendant Jerry Swaim admitted in his answer that he was the owner of the automobile which the defendant Paul Miller was driving when he struck and injured the plaintiff, and that at said time the said Paul Miller was his employee; he denied, however, that at said time the said Paul Miller was driving the automobile in the performance of any duty to him by reason of his employment. The defendant thus admitted the agency but denied that the act of his agent was within the scope of his authority, or in furtherance of the principal’s business.
The defendant objected to testimony offered by the plaintiff tending to show that immediately after the plaintiff was injured, Paul Miller said that at the time he struck and injured the plaintiff with defendant’s automobile, he was going after defendant’s morning newspaper.
This objection was overruled, and properly so. The testimony was not offered as evidence tending to show that Paul Miller was an employee or agent of the defendant Jerry Swaim. The admission to that effect in the answer of the defendant had been offered in evidence by the plaintiff. There was ample evidence tending to show that Paul Miller habitually drove the automobile owned by tbe defendant Jerry Swaim as his employee. Therefore, Brown v. Wood, 201 N. C., 309, 160 S. E., 281, has no application to the instant case. The testimony was offered as evidence tending to show that at the time the plaintiff was injured by the negligence of Paul Miller, the said Paul Miller was acting within the scope of his employment by the defendant Jerry Swaim. It was competent and properly admitted for that purpose. There was no error in the ruling of the judge of the Superior Court to that effect. See Brittain v. Westall, 137 N. C., 30, 49 S. E., 54.
An examination of the charge of the trial judge to the jury discloses no error in the rulings of the judge’of the Superior Court on defendant’s assignments of error based upon exceptions to the charge.
The judgment affirming the judgment of the Forsyth County court is