Boy, 12, hit by car while walking to West Middle School, parents seek change

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)-- A 12-year-old boy was hit by a Jeep while walking to West Middle School, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.

Police said the boy was walking westbound toward West Middle, crossing First Street at Orchard Avenue. The driver was driving eastbound on Orchard Avenue and turning north on First Street.

“It's was scary this morning I don't ever want to see that again,” said John Schavey, whose son attends West Middle School and saw the accident when it happened. “I saw him sitting up it was just his legs, thank God that's all it was. I knew when he was sitting up that was a good sign that's always a good sign. Hopefully his injuries aren't too bad.”

The young boy suffered a broken leg but it could have been much worse.

John Schavey has a kid at west middle. He says he's outraged at the schools lack of initial safety precautions.

I think they need to come up with a better plan than what they have there is no supervision out here. I know the teachers got their handful, but come one its child safety.

Schavey said both kids and drivers need to be aware of each other especially in school zones.

“Teach your kids to be aware there is no such thing as over parenting,” said Schavey.

District 51 tells us safety precautions are ever evolving.

“It's a teaching time as well, outside the classroom as well as in the classroom,” Tim Leon said. “We do have crossing guards at the elementary schools, we go have staff that helps support at the middle schools in key locations."

“So I'll be dropping my son off and picking him up the rest of the year,” said Schavey, who offered to be the crossing guard for the kids each morning. “I’ll come cross these kids, if no one else is going to do it I'll do it.”

It's not clear who caused the incident, but police said the sun may be a factor in the crash.

There's no word on charges, but the incident is still under investigation.



 
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