FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) - A student was hospitalized Wednesday morning after being hit by a car while walking to Fayetteville High School, according to the school district spokesman.
Police and medical crews responded at 7:53 a.m. to Royal Oaks Parkway and Martin Luther King Boulevard in response to a pedestrian wreck involving one vehicle. The 17 -year-old male student hit by the car was rushed from the scene by an ambulance to Washington Regional Medical Center with minor-to-moderate injuries. The student suffered no major injuries or broken bones, according to the Fayetteville Police Department.
Police said their preliminary investigation indicates the student ran out into traffic while trying to cross Martin Luther King to join his friends on the other side. While in the street, the boy was struck by a White Dodge Ram pickup driven by a 37-year-old Fayetteville man. The student was not in a crosswalk at the time of the collision, according to police.
Jennifer Strickland has a 16-year-old daughter that goes to Fayetteville High School. She said she's noticed that student's don't always pay attention when going to and from school.
"No, they just kind of cross," Strickland said.
Renita Trumbo also has a daughter who's a junior at Fayetteville High, and said her daughter was driving this morning and witnessed the accident.
"She drove upon the wreck and we had a conversation about slowing down and watching out for people," Trumbo said.
Fayetteville school spokesperson Alan Wilbourn said the high school sits on a busy street, and urges everyone to use crosswalks and obey traffic laws.
"Watch out for each other, both motorists and pedestrians, to always be aware there are pedestrians in the area, that there are motorists in the area and everyone look out for each other," Wilbourn said.
School officials sent an email out to parents Wednesday about the incident, reminding people in the area to stick to the crosswalks and be safe.
According to police, no citation has been issued to the driver for hitting the student.