UPDATE: LOVES PARK (WIFR) – One of the kids who was hit by a car outside Windsor Elementary School this week is now out of intensive care. We just got an update from his father who has been keeping us informed this week.
13-year-old Justice Hankins was one of two teens hit on Tuesday. He is out of the ICU today. The 14-year-old girl didn’t suffer serious injuries and that could be thanks to justice.
This is a picture of Justice in the hospital. You can see his bruised face. He also has a ruptured spleen, broken knee, and injured kidney. However, his father, Charles Weber, says Justice’s main concern has been the 14-year-old girl that got hit. When he was in the hospital he kept saying he “did right”.
“As he came to, he portrayed to us that what he was saying was that he did right by trying to help her, and it was a cool thing that he did,” said Weber.
Weber says the girl told police that Justice grabbed her coat and got her out of the way, so he took the brunt of the hit. Justice will have to get a cast from his mid-thigh to his ankle for the broken knee. The family also tells me they’re now looking at their legal options.
Police are still reconstructing the accident, but it could take up to two weeks to complete. No charges have been filed against the driver, but she was ticketed for an expired driver’s license.
UPDATE: One of the kids hit by a car near a Loves Park Elementary School earlier this week remains in critical condition.
His dad tells us 14-year-old Justice Hankins is still in the hospital he’s being treated for a ruptured spleen, broken knee, and cut kidney.
He and another girl were hit by a car while crossing outside Windsor Elementary Tuesday evening. She has since returned to school.
LOVES PARK (WIFR) – Two Harlem Middle School students are recovering today after being hit by a car near their school yesterday. A woman very familiar with the traffic there is worried about future accidents.
The accident happened at Windsor and North 4th Street, about ten minutes after school let out yesterday. A nearby crossing guard says clearly, the area can be dangerous.
Susan Arlow has been a crossing guard at Windsor Elementary for 16 years. About 8 years ago, she requested a flashing school light to be installed at 4th and Windsor, right where yesterday’s accident happened. Just recently, a light was placed at Elkhorn which is west of both the elementary and middle schools. Arlow says most kids don’t cross in that area so it’s a waste.
"Safety for the kids, I mean we could have kids walking down the street, you don't know if they're going to dart into the road,” said Arlow.
We spoke with Machesney Park Leaders who say the flashing light was placed at Elkhorn because it was the only street that was sidewalk ready.
As far as the accident goes, Lvoes Park Police are still interviewing witnesses to see exactly what happened. Police say it could take up to 2 weeks to reconstruct the scene. The 14-year-old girl who was hit was back at school today. The 13-year-old boy was still at home.
LOVES PARK (WIFR) -- Two middle school students are in the hospital after police say they were hit by a car while crossing the street. It happened just moments ago outside Harlem Middle School.
We’re told the students were crossing Windsor when they were hit. They were taken to the hospital with significant non-life threatening injuries. We’re told the driver of the car did stop.
We’ll bring you more information as it becomes available.