A 17-year-old boy was seriously injured when he was hit by a car in Papillion Wednesday morning.
Police say a group was crossing westbound against the light at South 84th Street and Centennial Road by Papillion-La Vista High School just after 8 a.m. when they stopped at the median, except for the teen, who ran into traffic and was hit by a southbound driver.
Police say the group did not have the right of way.
Officers believe the impact may have thrown the 17-year-old about 50 feet away. The teen's injuries are not thought to be life threatening. His name has not been released.
The driver is not expected to be cited. “Yeah, he's shook up," said Papillion Police Sgt. Steve Young. "He's new to the area and this is his welcome to Omaha."
Isaiah Olson, a nearby neighbor, lives across from the high school. He has three kids of his own. Hearing about the accident made him cringe. “It definitely makes us nervous about it. We want to make sure our kids understand the importance of it. We do that on the way to school every day or any time we go walking around the neighborhood," he said.
Even though police say the driver wasn't at fault for what happened next to the school, it's a reminder to parents like Isaiah Olson that we can't talk with our kids enough about traffic safety. “Making sure you're crossing at crosswalks, making sure you're waiting for people to slow down and acknowledge that you're there. Yeah, just double checking both directions," Olson said.