75ºF

12-year-old recovering, school addresses crosswalk safety after collision

The latest on school system decisions, police investigation

ROANOKE, Va. – A 12-year-old girl is recovering in a Roanoke hospital Monday after an SUV hit her Friday morning while she was in a crosswalk, on her way to Lucy Addison Middle School.

A Roanoke City Public Schools spokesperson told WSLS 10 on Monday that the school plans on having a crossing guard there soon. In the meantime, there will be a school resource officer at the crosswalk in the mornings and afternoons.

Police say they're going to pay more attention to the spot for a little while. There was an officer there Monday morning and afternoon as students were going to and from school.

A relative of the 12-year-old girl who was hit Friday said she's recovering and is showing that she's "strong" for going through this. The relative said the girl has some broken bones, but she is expected to make a full recovery.

The relative said the family is shaken up and the girl's parents haven't slept much since the accident.

The collision is raising questions. Parents who spoke with WSLS 10 said they think the crosswalk area is dangerous.

"It's a quick intersection and it's a lot of busyness," parent Rosanne Parker said. "It's really unfortunate. An accident like that didn't need to happen."

Many people agree with the decision to have crossing guard there.

"There are a lot of crazy drivers out there and they're really not paying attention so I think it's a good idea to have crossing guards right there for the kids," James Hurt said.

Police said there are not any charges right now for the driver, who cooperated with them. They're still investigating.