Holland Twp. student hit by vehicle goes to class anyway

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A 12-year-old boy was hit by a vehicle outside a Holland Township school, according to Sgt. Steve Austin with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

It happened around 7:19 a.m. Monday, just before the start of class Monday at Harbor Lights Middle School, at 1024 136th Avenue.

Austin said the boy was trying to cross 136th Avenue about 200 feet north of Bluefield Drive and didn’t see the northbound car that hit him.

The boy was checked out by paramedics who determined he wasn’t injured, Austin said. He then went to class.

West Ottawa Public Schools sent this note to families on Monday:

“Harbor Lights Families,

“This morning before school, a Harbor Lights student was struck by a car. The student is doing fine and is back in school. This unfortunate event brings to light the importance of following the safety procedures we share with our students and families on a regular basis. These procedures are as follows:

“The following is important safety information for all walkers:

  • Cross at a corner, using traffic signals and crosswalks.Try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. Do not assume that because you can see the driver, the driver can see you.
  • Whenever possible, always try to cross in a group or with friends. A group is more visible than a single person crossing the road.
  • Always, STOP, LOOK, and LISTEN for approaching cars. WAIT until there is no sign of traffic before crossing the road.
  • Look left, right and then left again when crossing the road. Walk, do not run, across the street.
  • Walk on the sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
  • Be a safe pedestrian around cars.

“If you have a child who walks to school, please discuss these procedures with them on a regular basis.  The safety of all students is our number one priority. Thank you for assisting us in this process.”

Sincerely,
Dennis White

***CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated the victim is 14 years old, based on information from dispatchers. The story has since been corrected.***