Parents say they want to see a crossing guard added at an intersection near a middle school where a child was struck by a car.
According to police, a 12-year-old girl is still in the hospital recovering after being hit by a car Friday morning. The incident happened around 8:30 a.m. at the intersection of Orange Avenue and 5th Street N.W. near Lucy Addison Middle School, according to authorities, shutting down Orange Avenue in both directions for several hours.
Parents we spoke with said they have seen kids crossing Orange Avenue trying to get to class.
“I’ve seen other schools with crossing guards, but here in this neighborhood, they don’t have any,” said Richard Bell, who drives his son to the middle school.
For the kids who walk, he said, he believes a crossing guard is needed.
“You got some people not paying attention – like they try to run the red light trying to catch it,” Bell said. “And you never know who’d be walking across it there. It could be my kid, your kid, anyone else’s.”
There was a police officer outside the school Friday afternoon – but no sign of a crossing guard at the intersection where the incident happened as school was letting out.
“I’ve been out here waiting on my grandson, and I have seen close calls with kids,” said Doris Wilson.
Wilson said she also wants to see a crossing guard added. But she said she feels drivers need to do their part and slow down.
“They’re not obeying the speed limit,” Wilson said. “‘Cause it’s 25 miles an hour, and I have seen some of them go flying through here.”
Other parents we spoke with said they would like to see a safer traffic pattern in the neighborhood. Phillip Wright said he wants to see 5th Street become a one-way road outside the school.
“You got too many lanes here,” he said. “And hopefully if you can redirect it where all of the traffic go down one direction instead of going down and coming up, it would help out a lot.”
Some people said they fear the worst could happen if nothing changes.
“This is not going to be the first child,” Wilson said. “If they don’t put somebody [there], there’s another child going to end up getting hurt or getting killed out here.”
A spokesperson for Roanoke City Public Schools said Friday there are no crossing guards at Lucy Addison Middle School but didn’t answer our question regarding whether or not the district plans to add a crossing guard in the future.