Any parent would expect that drivers would take extra precautions when driving near a school. With children running around, parents dropping students off, and the hustle and bustle of kids getting off the school bus, it would be reckless to speed or not keep a look out for children. Unfortunately, the streets near Sullivan East High School in Bluff City, Tennessee, have attracted quite a few careless drivers. After a recent accident, however, it calls into question what can be done to prevent pedestrian injuries in this small town.
An 11-year-old boy was walking near the high school at approximately 7 a.m. when he decided to leave the bus stop he was waiting at to get something to drink. He had to cross the street and walk back into his neighborhood, but was on his way back to the bus stop when he was hit. It appears the boy was hit as he crossed the street.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol reports that the 11 year old was hit by a car driven by a 17-year-old female. WCYB has not released any information about how fast the teenager was driving, whether she was distracted or if she had seen the boy in the road prior to hitting him. There is also no information as to whether the young woman stopped and waited for police immediately after the accident. It is unclear if the Tennessee Highway Patrol will pursue any criminal charges against the teenager.
While this may seem like a freak accident, this boy is not the first child to be hit in this road. Three years ago, another boy was hit in the same stretch of road. It is unknown, however, if the other boy survived the accident.
The 11 year old is lucky that he was not fatally wounded, but he was hospitalized for his injuries. He received a concussion and his knuckles were cut up and bruised. In addition, the boy's leg was swollen and he had other bruising across his body. As the boy's medical costs increase, it is vital that they speak with an experienced motor vehicle and pedestrian accident attorney who can explain how to get their hospital bills covered by the young woman who caused the accident.