Greenwood Student Hit By Car, Sent To Hospital

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A student was rushed to the hospital Thursday morning (Oct. 31) after being hit by a car in Greenwood, according to Police Chief Will Dawson.

Dawson said the boy was hit by a female driver just after 7 a.m. on Highway 10 near East Hills Middle School. The driver, who was traveling east on the highway, told police she didn't see the boy who was also walking east.

The seventh grader was alert when emergency crews arrived and was taken by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Fort Smith, according to Dawson. The boy's father tells 5NEWS his son's right arm and leg were broken in the accident and he is being taken to Children's Hospital in Little Rock for further treatment.

Eyewitnesses told police the boy and a girl were walking side-by-side along the shoulder of Highway 10 and were not utilizing the provided sidewalk, according to Dawson.

Greenwood Schools Superintendent John Ciesla said there are 600 sixth and seventh graders who attend East Hills Middle School and many were "shook up" after seeing the accident scene.

Ciesla said the school runs three buses in the neighborhood near where the boy was hit.

Dawson said Greenwood police provide extra patrol around the local schools between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. A school-employed crossing guard arrives at 7:30 a.m. each day to help students cross the highway.

The speed limit on Highway 10 is 45 miles per hour.

"It's a state highway and, unfortunately, it's not within the school zone so we can't slow down the speed limit to anything less than what it is," said Dawson. He said there are flashing yellow lights on Highway 10 alerting drivers that it is a pedestrian crossing area.

The driver was not arrested, according to Dawson. No citations have been issues.

The roadway was wet at the time of the accident, but no skid marks were left on the road, according to Dawson.


  • Mike

    If the school isn’t open until 7:30 and doesn’t begin until 8, why was this student walking to school at 7?

  • Rachel

    I have seen people drive right through the crosswalk while children were already in the crosswalk numerous times at Westwood so I am not surprised it happened at one of our schools. Westwoods principal now walks the children across everyday.

  • Paul

    It is terribly sad and they should also check her text message record/time stamp to see if she was texting. Just a thought.

  • Sarah

    There is rarely someone working the cross walk. It is an an extremely dangerous area and something needs to be done about it.

  • hogfan

    Is “ball” an unacceptable term? You just deleted my message and that is the only word I can figure out that might have caused that.

  • hogfan

    Which way was the student facing? I have seen kids walking on the shoulders of highways facing the wrong way. They don’t know to face the traffic when they are walking, and many walk with their backs to the cars. Someone needs to get the message out on safe walking procedures.

    • Bri

      I have a very hard time believing that these kids were walking on the side of the highway and were not actually in the crosswalk when the accident happened… But to answer your question – if he was truly on the side of the highway, he would have been on the right side of the road facing away from the traffic (which BTW – would have put his left side nearest the car, and yet his right arm and leg are broken…). But again – I would bet that he was actually in the crosswalk.

  • Alvie

    Some facts to correct this story:
    The time if the incident was between 0720 and 0725.
    While there were clouds, visibility was still very clear.
    The vehicle was traveling East (towards Boonevile)
    The boy was in the crosswalk when struck – he was almost across

    An opinion:
    If the city cannot lower the speed in this area because “it is a state highway and not in a school zone”, then why is there a school zone on AR22 in Barling right by one of their schools?

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