VALLEY PARK, MO (KPLR) – A six-year old boy was hit and seriously injured trying to cross Highway 141 Thursday morning around 10 a.m.
Witnesses said the boy left school and headed home at the time of the accident. The driver of the car, who does not want to be identified, said the boy, who attends Sacred Heart School, darted out in front of her. She said she had the green light heading north on 141 when her car and the boy collided.
“It was just horrible, that poor baby,” the driver said.
The youngster is expected to survive.
Laurie Brewer was a passenger in the car. When she saw the boy’s school uniform and ran to the Sacred Heart School office and asked if they knew one of their students was missing and had been hit.
“They started freaking out,” Brewer said. “The receptionist called down to the kindergarten class and the teacher told her ‘yeah, I do have one missing.’”
The driver said she believes the school shares a great deal of responsibility for the accident.
“There’s no way that kindergartner should have gotten out of that school and all the way to 141 and not being noticed,” she said.
The driver and passenger agreed what happened Thursday morning was very disturbing.
“I think it’s horrible; that’s what I’m having a hard time with. You send your kids to school to be safe there and they’re not safe,” Brewer said.
The parish pastor declined an interview. A statement from the priest and the principal alerted school members that a student was injured off campus, that clergy and leaders from the Archdiocesan Catholic Education Office have been present to support the family, faculty, staff, and students.
There was mention of how this all unfolded, how the little boy got off campus, and made it to a busy intersection where he was hit. The driver wants to meet with the family and hug them. She said she was told the boy suffered two broken legs and a fracture to his face.