A scary situation for parents, students and teachers alike. On just the second day of school, a boy darted into traffic and was hit. How can we learn from the incident and prevent further tragedies?
Police cars and first responders arrived at 80th and Leavenworth just after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday for a young boy struck by a vehicle. Police said the boy was on his way to school when he darted out into traffic, colliding with a pickup truck.
Loveland Elementary is just up the hill. Although the boy was taken to Nebraska Medical Center, police said he will be okay. It doesn't appear the driver will be ticketed, just a horrible accident which reminds all of us to be extra cautious.
"Drivers really need to be keeping their eyes out in all directions for children doing just that, darting out because they're excited, have to be on the lookout all the time," said principal Laura Croom of Swanson Elementary.
Croom said her school is being proactive in protecting students. "We haven't had any accidents, thank goodness and we're going to be very consistent in doing what we do to keep kids safe at all times, but particularly when there are lots of cars around."
That's why Croom has put up a sign asking parents to hang up the phone before entering school property to pick up or drop off their children. "We are all about keeping our kids safe and our drop-off and pick-up can be a very congested time and I really want our drivers to be focused on the safety of our children."
She's hoping it will keep any other accidents from happening this school year.
Police have not released the name of the boy hit, but said he just had bumps and bruises and was taken to the hospital as a precaution.