UPDATE: Wyndham-area child hit by car walking to school

By Andy Jenks - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A Short Pump fourth grader was hospitalized, after he was hit by a car, while walking to school. Tonight, neighbors are calling for more safety measures, but they may not get what they want.

In the middle of the day, it's no problem to get across all the lanes of traffic on Wyndham Lake Drive. But in the morning, neighbors say cars are everywhere. And this morning, a child was struck by one of them.

It was 7:45 am. A nine year old boy was heading toward Shady Grove Elementary School. He was waved across by one driver...but no one noticed the oncoming car, in a different lane. Police say the vehicle was traveling less than 25 miles per hour.

"My first grader, she saw it, she started crying and she said, 'Mommy, he bounced,'" said parent Jeanine Wisor.

The boy fell to the ground with scrapes and bruises. Neighbors later heard he suffered internal bleeding. While they wait for more updates - these moms say the accident is no surprise.

"Very upset about it, but I also thought we knew this was gonna happen," said Melissa Taylor.

The intersection in front of the school has a low speed limit, but no crossing guards, which neighbors want, badly.

"There's just cars coming in every direction, and it makes it difficult for even an adult to cross," said Lori Davis.

However, the neighborhoods are served by school buses. A spokesperson later said, "We encourage that students take the bus, because of the danger of crossing the road."

Neighbors wish it were different seeing as how many students live just a short walk away from the school.

"It's very frustrating. Numerous people have contacted different agencies, written letters, done petitions and there has been no result," Taylor said.

The driver who struck the boy will not face charges, but police may find this case isn't quite over.

"We're looking for two additional crossing guards," Wisor said.

"I would love to see it happen. I think they need one in the morning and in the afternoon," said Davis.

It's not immediately clear if police will make arrangements for crossing guards here. Parents are hoping they act quickly, fearing another accident like the one this morning will happen again. 

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