Oklahoma School Cross Guard Shortage At Fault For Accident?

by Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys

Two students were hit by a car at a school crossing Monday morning in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, outraging those who had warned against the school cross guard shortage months ago.

In late July of this year, The Oklahoman reported Oklahoma City Schools were facing a shortage of crossing guards for the upcoming year, and many officials and parents were worried for the safety of the students. Officials said they were 33 guards short for the year but would find temporary replacements for slots that could not be filled. Officials also reminded drivers to slow down and encouraged parents review crosswalk safety with their children.

On Monday though, two young brothers, one a kindergartener and the other a 3rd grader, were struck by a car at an unmanned crosswalk on their way to school. KOCO News reports that the boys were crossing the road in front of Fairview Elementary, where they attend, at 7:45 AM when an approaching vehicle hit the boys. They were taken to OU Medical Center where they remain in critical condition. The district said the guard stationed at that corner doesn’t arrive until 8:00 AM.

The Oklahoma auto accident attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers urge parents to always supervise young children while crossing the street and review how to properly and safely cross a road. If you or someone you know has been a victim of a car-pedestrian accident, contact J. Colbert Injury Lawyers for a free, initial consultation to help answer any questions you may have regarding the case.