INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A teenager is hospitalized in critical condition after getting hit by a car while walking to school on Indy’s near west side.
Police responded to the intersection of 10th Street and Traub Avenue around 6:45 a.m. on a report of a person struck.
Indianapolis Public Schools confirms the 16 year old male is a student at Arsenal Tech High School.
Neighbors near the area where the accident happened say it’s a busy stretch of road.
“Generally in the mornings and evening rush hours traffic is a little too fast I think,” said neighbor Henri Gaither.
The accident happened more than an hour before sunrise. Police say the 16 year old started to cross the street and ran into the passenger side of an oncoming car. Police don’t know whether speed was a factor, and there is no crosswalk at this part of the road.
“It seems like from what I understand, the car was already passing," said IMPD Public Information Officer Sgt. Jim Gillespie. "It’s possible the pedestrian wasn't looking and seeing the car coming.”
Sgt. Gillespie says although it’s not a school zone, there is a school nearby and it’s important for drivers to be on the lookout.
“Make sure that you take a little extra time that if you do see them standing on the side of the road, that they might be looking like they might want to cross," Sgt. Gillespie said. "Just slow down, pump the breaks.”
The teen was unresponsive when police arrived, and was taken to Eskenazi in critical condition. Although tragic, neighbors like Gaither hope more attention is paid to this street.
“I hope that this will focus some attention on the speed of this street, the narrowness of the street, and the amount of pedestrians that walk on this street,” Gaither said.
The driver stayed at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.