Waxahachie junior high student struck by SUV while crossing street after school
A Coleman Junior High School student was transported to Baylor Scott and White Medical Center – Waxahachie after being struck by a vehicle after school Friday afternoon.
First responders were dispatched to the call at 4:07 p.m.
Waxahachie Police officer David Bittle stated the student was crossing Northgate Drive toward the RaceTrac gas station. He noted there was not a crosswalk in the area that the student crossed the street.
“There was a vehicle going eastbound toward Walmart, a Chevy Tahoe, at the time of the accident,” Bittle said. “He hit the young man that was crossing the street.”
Bittle stated the student was transported as a precaution to the hospital with non-life threating injuries.
The driver of the Tahoe was issued two citations by police. One citation was for no driver’s license and the second was for an unrestrained child under eight.
Bittle stated anything other than speeding and an open container is an arrestable offense, but, typically, motorists are just written a ticket for this type of misdemeanor.
He added there is a rumor that there was a silver vehicle involved but that could not be confirmed.
Jenny Bridges, Waxahachie ISD Director of Public Relations, stated the safety of students is the district’s number-one priority.
“We encourage drivers to be especially cautious when driving around our campuses before and after school hours,” Bridges said. “We also ask that students are picked up only on school property and that they stay on school property until they are picked up in the designated location. Working together and looking out for our students helps to keep them all safe.”