A family is praying for a miracle. They are hoping a 13-year-old will recover from a terrible crash that happened while he was walking to school Monday morning.
Investigators say it was an accident, caused partly by the sun rising an hour later because of the time change.
Jalen Lee was with two buddies who were crossing Marr Road at Hollowell Street in Columbus. His family says the crossing is not safe. They’re trying to remain positive.
“He is a fighter,” said Charlotte Lee, Jalen Lee’s grandmother. “He is going to pull through. I have faith in that. I have faith in God.”
Charlotte Lee’s grandson was hit by a car. The 13-year-old was walking to school just after 7 a.m. It was the first day of class following “springing forward” for Daylight Saving Time.
“Just hope he makes it through,” said friend Kelsie Dykes. “All I have got to say is pray for him and hopefully he will get better.”
Columbus Police said the driver that hit Lee simply did not see the 8th-grader. It was still dark and the area was not lit.
“They should not have to cross a busy street like that at 13 years old,” said friend Jessica Smith.
What has his family upset is the fact that there are not any lights there letting drivers know there is a crosswalk, and there are not any crossing guards to protect students.
“It tore me up when I got the message this morning,” said Paul Lee, Jalen Lee’s grandfather. “The first thing I asked was, ‘How serious is he?'”
In March of 2008, much of Indiana made the switch to the Eastern Time Zone. The purpose of “falling back” and “springing forward” was more sunlight. Paul Lee said the lack of light is the reason why his grandson is in a hospital bed, fighting for his life.
“It is sad, that something like this had to happen, because that could happen to anybody, any kid,” said Lee.