Parents worry as students navigate busy street

Published 08/29 2013 10:56AM

Updated 08/29 2013 11:00AM

TUSCOLA -- Parents are worried about student safety on their way to-and-from school. This comes after a boy was hit by a car. WCIA-3's Jessica Shaw has more.

The boy hurt his elbow and has some scratches, but is otherwise, doing fine. This busy street has parents hoping for a solution.

"You don't see people slowing down."

"They don't pay attention."

"I always worry about that."

Here along Route 36, that worry became very real for Jennifer Earl.

"All's I know, he was in an accident. He was in an ambulance."

Her son, Joshua, was riding his bike home when he was hit by a car.

"I didn't see their car. I went out and it hit me. I didn't even notice it."

Route 36 is right by the highway. Students use it before school, during lunch and after classes, but so do cars, trucks and semis.

"It's really busy by that intersection. You have people coming, turning, people coming out of Subway, out of the neighborhood."

Joshua was lucky enough to escape with just some scratches and a fractured elbow.

"Just the thought I could have died."

"I"m a little paranoid now. You never think it's going to be your child. I don't want it to be anybody's."

But, neighbors say it could happen again.

"I figured sometime, sooner or later, there's going to be another one. Sometimes, people just don't pay attention and, you know how kids are on bicycles."

"You can see where it shifted it."

Joshua now has to use a different set of wheels.

"He will be going back to riding the bus until something is done with this."

City officials say a stoplight was just approved for the area along Route 36. It will be installed on Prairie Street. Leaders think it will help make it a little safer for pedestrians crossing the road.

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