SAN ANTONIO – Police arrived at a middle school on North Side this Monday afternoon after a 12-year-old middle school student was critically injured after being hit by a truck.
Police have not yet released information on the accident, but a nearby witness told reporters that the girl, a student on the North Side, was crossing a crosswalk in front of the school when the wreck happened. One vehicle stopped to let the girl cross, said the witness. A Dodge Ram pickup truck tried to pass the stopped vehicle, evidently unaware of the crosswalk or the purpose behind it.
The truck tried to swerve once the driver saw the girl, but hit her anyway.
Unfortunately, pedestrian-versus-car accidents are more common in Texas than you might think. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, cars killed 478 pedestrians in 2012 (the most recent data available). Of those, a whopping 20 percent were hit and run accidents.
Hit and runs are serious, especially when someone gets hurt. If the accident involves an injury and the driver runs, it’s a felony that will likely involve jail time and a fine up to $10,000.
Though we can only speculate in this North Side incident, it seems like the driver stuck around, which is thankful. Since he caused the accident, he (and his insurance company) will be able to compensate the child and her family for the damage that was done.