While accidents between two drivers are common, everyday occurrences, they are not the only cause of injury associated with automobiles. In fact, in 2014, around 65,000 pedestrians were injured by cars in the United States, while 4,884 were killed in crashes involving pedestrians and automobiles.
This January, one such accident occurred in Colorado Springs. Four young children were hit by a car while they were using the crosswalk outside of their elementary school. The car pinned them to the ground and injured all four, while one second-grade girl was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
The accident transpired before 8 am on a Thursday morning while the children were on their way to school. There were multiple witnesses, including Amanda Shafer, the mother of a child who also attends James Monroe Elementary, part of the Colorado Springs School District 11.
"The crossing guard had told the children to wait to cross. And as all traffic stopped, she looked every way, nobody was coming, she told the kids they could proceed. As she told them they could proceed, a guy turned on the gas and turned right onto Chelton, ran over all the children."
Immediately after the incident, five men in the immediate vicinity rushed to lift the car off of the three girls and one boy who were trapped beneath before paramedics arrived. The citizens who removed the vehicle most likely significantly reduced the injuries sustained by the children.
Shafer says that “Everybody was just screaming.” Three of the children were siblings, and the fourth was their cousin. They were in kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and fifth grade, respectively.
A spokeswoman for District 11, Devra Ashby, said that this is not the first time that children have been hit in school zones in the district: “Every year we have students get hit — every year, and that shouldn't happen.” She added that incidents such as this are particularly hard for crossing guards who “build relationships with the students” because they are the “first person the kids see going to school and the last going home.”
The incident occurred in a school zone with a posted speed of 20 mph. Later that day the school district tweeted “Please SLOW DOWN in school zones! This is something that should NEVER happen.” Ashby also told reporters that the district is offering counseling services for those who request them.
When tragedy strikes, victims often suffer both physical and emotional damage. While physical ailments may heal quickly, trauma can have a lasting effect on the life of a child or adult. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. At the Law Offices of Jeremy Rosenthal, we know how devastating injury can be, and we will fight to protect your interests. For a free case evaluation, call us today at (303) 825-2223 or contact us online.