MIAMI, OK.--- A young girl was struck by a car while walking to school this morning in Miami. The 12-year-old girl, whose name has not yet been released, is said to be in stable condition. The incident occurred at the intersection right in front of Will Rogers Middle School. The girl was immediately flown to Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa. The accident happened just after 8 a.m.
"In the middle school, it's two lane traffic, there's four way stops, there's crossing lines. So, I'm not sure what could have prevented that. I don't have that information on what the exact dominant cause of this or what the underlying causes were," said Detective Chris Leamon, Miami Police Department.
According to Miami police, a 39-year-old man dropped off a child at Will Rogers Middle School. As he was leaving the school, he hit the 12-year-old girl.
"I wouldn't say a child versus car is common. We've had some. We seem to have some every year, especially at school time," said Leamon.
Miami police are currently in the process of reconstructing the accident to find out exactly what happened. They say speed was not a factor, and the child was not using the crosswalk. Neighbors say more needs to be done to make the intersection safer.
"I think Ottawa County needs to get some people over here, and it would only take 30 minutes in the morning and in the evening to make sure they're safe crossing the road," said Francis Joefry, Miami Resident.
Officials can't say what contributed to the accident, but nearby residents say the position of the sun, during that time of day, strongly affects a driver's ability to see. There are also a lot of irresponsible drivers too.
"I lived here for three years and I see people running this stop sign all the time when I was living here. As I'm working on my house, I see them running it too," said Joefry.
As of right now, there's no sign the driver did anything illegal that might have caused the the accident. Detective Chris Leamon says safety is the responsibility of both pedestrians and drivers. Police, city officials and school administrators are working to review safety precautions at the school.
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