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Apex officials ask for review of crosswalks after students hit while walking to class

Posted October 30, 2017 6:09 p.m. EDT
Updated October 30, 2017 8:14 p.m. EDT

— The Apex Town Manager has asked a team to take a look at crosswalks near area schools after two students were hit in less than a week while trying to get to class.

On Tuesday, a 15-year-old Apex Friendship High School student was hit just before 7 a.m. while in a crosswalk on Humie Olive Road at Evans Road.

Ten-year-old Joy Williams, a student at Laurel Park Elementary School, was hit while crossing the road by herself at 2450 Laura Duncan Road around 3:45 p.m. on Friday.

"I was crossing on the other side of the road ad there's like a big line of cars, but I didn't see the other car coming," Joy Williams said.

Joy's parents can see Laurel Park Elementary School from their home, but still say there's no way for their daughter to get there safely.

"She didn't cross at a suitable point, but there is no suitable point," Joy's father, Steve Williams said.

Currently, students crossing the street to get to class either pause on a small median or cross on top of the railroad tracks.

"It would be great if, you know we say we're a walking community, we could actually be one," Joy's mother, Suzanne Williams, said. "If there's something that we can do here, I think our community would be grateful for it."

Steve Williams said he is thankful his daughter was not seriously hurt. He wants a crosswalk and a crossing guard to help children in the area safely get to school.

"This has been a recipe for disaster," he said. "I'm not blaming the school or blaming the cities, I'm just saying as a community surely we can come up with a solution that can prevent something like this from happening again," he said.

Because Joy was not in a crosswalk, the driver who hit her was not charged.

Joy said she no longer feels safe walking to school, and takes the bus instead.

"But sometimes the bus is not good because some people are bullies on the bus, but if they're bullying you, you should not listen to them," she said.

The driver involved in Tuesday's crash was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian in the crosswalk, police said.