TROY — A Troy City High School sophomore student was struck by a vehicle traveling 30 miles per hour on North Market Street and Ferguson Drive before school began on Thursday.
According to Troy Police Department’s Patrolman Jeffery Hubbard, the 15 year-old student may have suffered a broken leg due to the accident. The student’s injuries are not life threatening.
According to Patrolman Hubbard, the student was crossing North Market Street in the area of the crosswalk around 6:40 a.m. on Thursday morning. The school safety zone lights were not flashing at the time of the incident. The male driver, in his 60s, struck the student as he was driving south on North Market Street. The student was carried several feet on the hood of the vehicle before it came to a stop. No one has been cited and the police department is still investigating the incident.
If anyone has any information regarding this incident, contact Patrolman Hubbard at 339-7525.
In February 2013, a junior high school student was hit by a van in the same area. She suffered a broken leg.
Troy Daily News asked its Facebook users for their feedback about the safety issues around the Troy High School and Junior High. The following comments were edited for space and clarity.
These people need to slow down — Carmen T.
Obviously drivers pulling in for drop-off should be aware of their surroundings, follow the slower speed, and follow the signs for where to go but I think more so students walking need to be equally accountable. Kids get into a “pedestrian has the right of way” mindset which isn’t always the truth. Walkers should be properly taught to follow traffic laws, use crossways, and be on the defensive. When learning to drive, we’re taught to be defensive because not everyone pays attention.The same should go for kids walking. — Chelsea S.
I think some more lighting would help in that area. I drop my boy off for band practice just after 7 a.m. and with all the traffic it can be a little over whelming. — Brian O.
Two days in a row my son got dropped off at the four-way stop by Hobart and the hill (Staunton) to the (junior high). He was almost hit by a high school student both times who rolled through the stop sign and went right across the crosswalk and almost hit him. Kids and parents don’t watch the walker or drivers (most drivers) and sadly we can’t do anything about that. Now when he’s dropped off, I pull in to the middle to turn real slow so he can run across the street safely! —Sara W.
Instead of adding that ridiculous bike lane on Adams Street perhaps the city should have focused the tax payers money on a better solution for the students of this city. There are dangers at each and every school in thus city and resolving those should have been the priority over that ridiculous bike lane! —Monica B.
I am not surprised in the least. Have you driven by the high school in the morning or at dismissal? The kids just walk right out in front of your car. — Jeff M.
According to city council, this never happens. I just read the story yesterday, people were complaining because parents are dropping more children off drop due to the changes on Adams Street. — Teresa D.
You need more lighting at that crosswalk in the morning when it’s dark you can’t see the kids. Especially if they are wearing dark clothes. Have Troy Police Department patrol there because no one slows down to 20 mph in that school zone. — Kristina A.
Upgraded crosswalks with better lighting would be a step in the right direction. Piqua just installed these by Piqua Catholic and the new Intermediate School. I believe they received grant money for the upgrades. The four-way stop at Staunton and Adams is also a mess in the morning, especially with younger kids trying to walk or bike to the Junior High. It would be nice to see the school system, city and Troy Police Department work together to find a solution. — Lisa W.
Put down the phone, lose the head phones. Stop, look and listen. The way people drive these days I’m surprised it doesn’t happen more often. My kid goes to Heywood and it’s like I-75 runs through there, not Dorset. — Tony L.