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Two children struck in front of Baucom Elementary in Apex

Posted March 2, 2012

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— An 11-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl were struck by a car in front of Baucom Elementary School in Apex Friday afternoon.

The children, who are not related, were taken to WakeMed with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. Their names weren't released.

Police said the children were running across Hunter Street near the intersection of Hinton Street, which is not a designated cross walk, when a Cadillac STS hit them around 3:20 p.m.

Speed did not appear to be a factor, and no charges were filed against the driver.

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  • apexmomof3 Mar 2, 2012

    Jstenulis, do you mean the sign as you're exiting the school parking lot? I think it's meant for people leaving the school, not entering it since the carpool line forms in both directions. I think that's what you meant because it would also be dangerous if we had half of the carpool parents doing U-turns on Hunter Street to enter from the right.

  • dogluv3r Mar 2, 2012

    I cannot begin to imagine what the driver of that car is going through...my thoughts are with all involved. I am glad it appears the kids will be ok.

  • jstenulis Mar 2, 2012

    I took these pics, from the same spot I sit everyday awaiting to turn into the school to pick up my son. I am happy to say the school called to say both kids were released tonight from the hospital. I have to agree with previous posters, this intersection needs to CHANGE! The speed limit needs to CHANGE. AND, parents need to adhere to another sign that I witness on a DAILY basis here at this intersection. The sign says "NO LEFT TURN BETWEEN 2:30-3:30".......NO means NO!! I see drivers doing this constantly! If you're focused on cars coming from the right letting you "out", you could jut as easily hit someone crossing too! STOP trying to turn LEFT already!!!! Go a street or two down and turn around or reroute.

    Nothing is more unnerving than seeing a child struck in front of a school in a school ZONE! Slow down and pay attention and expect anything to come out of no where!!

  • kellypsnll Mar 2, 2012

    I'm glad that someone that witnessed what happened got on here to tell it, apexmomof3. So many times i look at the comments and people run rampant to decide what really happened when they don't know Jack.

  • apexmomof3 Mar 2, 2012

    This is the exact same report I gave the police. Both the children and the driver are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • apexmomof3 Mar 2, 2012

    I saw the accident happen as I was in the carpool line. Two teenage girls parked across the street from the school and walked up to pick up a student. I saw them coming back as I was waiting in line, and I also saw the Cadillac coming down the street from my rearview mirror. I blew my horn to warn them, but the kids ran out in front of the car in front of the crosswalk and were hit. There is no way the driver could have seen the kids and vice versa because cars in the center turn lane that were waiting in the carpool line were blocking their view. This is a bad intersection and has been an accident waiting to happen. The town should paint over that crosswalk area and have walkers use the crosswalk that is a little further down the street that has better visibility and a crossing guard. There is too much going on at that entrance with cars turning from both directions and busy Hunter Street traffic to have a crosswalk there.

  • TheDude abides... Mar 2, 2012

    I'm so glad I can read and be snarky at the same time.

    Speed WASNT a factor

  • Deb1003 Mar 2, 2012

    I've driven past Baucom many afternoons. There are many people that don't obey the posted speed limit. I don't know why some are in such a hurry. I'll slow down to 5mph when going through a school zone, and believe me, there are always cars riding my bumper. Personally, I don't want to ever be the impatient driver that runs over kids, whether they're in a crosswalk or not.

  • vmorgan1971 Mar 2, 2012

    I was in carpool at Baucom when it happened and heard the impact and a scream, then saw them lying on the street in front of the car. It was a pretty hard hit and I did not hear the car brake. The driver was very upset and was out of the car quickly to help the girls. I had seen 3 girls, 2 high school aged and the fifth grader, just seconds before as they skipped past my car. I'm guessing that either they didn't look before they crossed the unattended crosswalk at Hinton St., or the car that hit them wasn't aware of the crosswalk. Cars speed through that school zone all the time. I see it everyday. With the carpool line, it makes it very difficult for drivers on the far side of the road to see anyone in the crosswalk. I hope the girls are okay. Seeing their Mom arrive at the scene is an image that is seared into my brain. She was frantic as any parent would be.

  • Disabled Vet Mar 2, 2012

    I am sorry that they got hit & hurt, but that is why they make crosswalks. I am not saying that they would not have gotten hit in a crosswalk but that is where you expect to find pedestrians.

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