CHAMPAIGN -- A car hit her daughter on the way to school, and now this mother is pleading with drivers to slow down. The 11-year old girl was riding her bike to Edison Middle School. She was crossing at Springfield and New street when it happened.
Aside from a few bruises, Autumn Wallace is doing OK, but mentally, her mother, Pricilla Wallace, is having a hard time, because this situation could have been a lot worse.
Autumn was on her way to school, riding her fancy new bike like she does everyday. Then, Pricilla's worst fear came true while Autumn was walking her bike across the street.
A car slowed down but did not stop, and hit her.
Pricilla said, "She stood up and that was all I needed to see. I thought 'OK, she's fine.'"
Maria Eppich catches the bus here and saw it happen.
"I was getting off the bus right here and I heard a 'metal, metal' sound and I saw a little girl laying in the middle of the street with a bike."
"You have to really pay attention of the drivers to make sure they see you, because sometimes they won't always stop for you."
This is the second time a child in Champaign has been hit on the way to school in the last two weeks. Signs are now up on Prospect Avenue, telling drivers to slow down.
Parents have been asking the city for a crossing guard. But Wallace says in this case, that didn't help.
"The crossing guard was late, so she was not there."
Wallace says she is getting her daughter a new bike. Her current bike is just a reminder of what could have happened.
"Usually people are so respectful and good, but it's just those few people who just can't slow down. Can't pay attention, or they are on their cellphones."
"You are in a school zone, you have to pay attention."
The driver, David Ho, was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
CHAMPAIGN -- An 11-year old girl riding her bike to school was hit by a car while crossing the street. It happened about 7:45 am Thursday at Springfield and New.
An off-duty firefighter happened upon the scene and offered to provide medical care, but neither the victim nor the driver suffered serious injury.
Authorities say the driver, David Ho, of Savoy, was driving west when he slowed to yield to the girl on her bike. While she was in the crosswalk, she was reportedly hit by the car. Ho was ticketed for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
Police urge motorists to be aware of laws for driving in school zones between 7 am - 4 pm:
1) Stop all wireless phone communications
2) Obey all signage and traffic signals
3) Reduce vehicle speed to 20 mph (speeding in a school zone could result in $150 fine)
4) Yield to anyone walking in a crosswalk
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