Archive for Thursday, August 30, 2012

Tonganoxie Middle School student hit by SUV in fair condition at Children’s Mercy

August 30, 2012, 4:34 p.m.

Updated: August 31, 2012, 5:30 p.m.

A Tonganoxie Middle School student is in fair condition at an area hospital after being hit by a vehicle after school on Thursday.

Tonganoxie police Chief Jeff Brandau said Allyson Sparks, a TMS fifth-grader, was struck by a 2008 Saturn sport-utility vehicle driven by Lisa Marie Miller, 35, Tonganoxie, about 3:15 p.m. Witnesses said the girl was running across Washington Street and headed north on East Street, Brandau said. There is not a crosswalk at the intersection.

She was taken to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., by Leavenworth County Emergency Medical Services, Brandau said. The 10-year-old suffered a broken femur in the accident, Brandau said. A hospital official at Children's Mercy said late Friday afternoon that the girl was in fair condition.

The accident is still under investigation, but no citations currently are planned to be issued, Brandau said.

Comments

dagger707 2 years, 3 months ago

I've noticed ever since my son has gone to the middle school that the drivers around there DO NOT look out for the children who are walking home.

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marymac 2 years, 3 months ago

It's not just the middle school.

We have young kids walking dangerous routes to school. I'm surprised there haven't been many more pedestrian accidents. Washington is not a safe street, and when the weather gets bad, it will be less safe.

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Cowgirlann 2 years, 3 months ago

It's not the streets. Sorry I have to disagree. My son goes to TMS & has walked to & from school for years. It's the drivers. People need to slow down & watch what they are doing. You can not leave it up to the children, us as adults need to take the steps to slow down during times the kids are walking to & from school. The police needs to do more. I've called the Tonganoxie police many of times about cars speeding up & down 5th street. Never once day or night have I seen a patrol car go down my street. I am saying many of prayers for this child & the family. Please everyone slow down and watch for children no matter what time it is.

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dagger707 2 years, 3 months ago

I live off of 6th street and have several students that go to TMS and TES walking up and down the street with cars just zooming by without a care in the world. I have not seen any police presence since about the middle of school last year around TMS or TES when parents are taking kids to or from school.

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rdwclw 2 years, 3 months ago

school zone signs are posted where alot of people do not see them. If turning from Pleasant onto Washington going east, NO SIGN. If turning onto Washington from East street going West, NO SIGN. The school zone signs are before most people would be able to see them. The speed humps have helped some but there is no safe place for students to walk that must travel Washington.

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samantha09 2 years, 3 months ago

Reguardless where you are YOU SHOULD always be cautious about children they are everywhere an it only takes .1 sec for them to jump infront of you!

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scoops 2 years, 3 months ago

First of all, "no citations currently are planned to be issused" so we don't know if the driver was doing 5mph or 50mph. Second of all, yes it sucks someone got hurt, but how about walking across the crosswalk. It's crazy that alot of people never hold kids accountable. It was an unfortunate accident non-the-less, hopefully Allyson makes a full recovery.

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KCTea 2 years, 3 months ago

Holding drivers accountable is just idiotic. Didn't someone teach her to look both ways? If kids stay on the side walk, then there shouldn't be an opportunity to get hit.

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rdwclw 2 years, 3 months ago

If you haven't noticed, there is NO SIDEWALK on Washington for the kids to walk on if they have to go EAST of the school and only limited sidewalk distance going WEST. What happened to safe ways for kids to walk to school? Drivers must be held accountable for the large machines that they are allowed to operate.

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dagger707 2 years, 3 months ago

So it was okay for the woman to be on her phone texting and not paying attention to the road. Just thankful that girl was not more seriously injured

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KCTea 2 years, 3 months ago

No where in that article does it say she was texting, on or phone or not paying attention.

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dagger707 2 years, 3 months ago

Your right correct as this was information I learned about the next day after the accident. Funny how they left that out though

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justsayn 2 years, 3 months ago

well of course....everything you hear said around town is so reliable! Unless you were at the scene and witnessed the incident with your own eyes, you have no idea what you're talking about.

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Cowgirlann 2 years, 3 months ago

Holding drivers accountable is something they need to do more often, has everyone forgotten that kids will be kids, no it might have been a bad decission on the childs part to cross where there is no cross walk. But adults need to remember they are just children. they are not as mature as adults are, they don't always think about what might happen. What we need to do is pay attention, no matter if the driver was going 5mph or 50mph that is very close to a school, at the time school is letting out. Again, I have a child that walks to & from TMS every morning & every afternoon. He is 12 and he does not always make the right choice on everything, but as a adult I have to make the right decission when it comes to the saftey of all children. If that means slowing way down to 3mph when children are walking to school or from school, then that is what should happen. Children will be children and every adult out there should keep that in mind. I really do not appreciate getting on here reading comments about how the child is all at fault and the adult did no wrong. I don't personally know either the driver or the child, but this hit's very hard on my heart. As I really don't want to be that parent that get's a call that my child was hit by an adult in a car walking home from school. The city of tonganoxie put in a middle school on a busy street, the city of Tonganoxie needs to put in side walks & proper crosswallks for the children to walk on the north or south side of Tonganoxie. All the rest of the town has side walks and crosswalks except Washington where there is a school.

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KCTea 2 years, 3 months ago

lol she ran across the street. Her fault. imo.

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Cowgirlann 2 years, 3 months ago

How in the world can you say that is is 100% her fault. Sorry, she is a child, the adult is as much at fault as the child is. Sorry but your comment really is wrong.

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LoveFamily 2 years, 3 months ago

Oh small towns... Stop the rumors there were tons of witnesses and there was no texting or phone use just a mother picking up her child. Most of all the witnesses were bus drivers due to the fact that she was in fact walking down the access road were the students are REPEATEDLY told not to be and are actually reported if seen down there. This child had no reason being down there knowing where she lives. Lessons sometimes have to be learned in the worst of ways I can promise you this girl will never be on that access road again trying to take the short cut home and she will always look both ways from now on. I would just like to add that these rumors and harsh talking about the driver need to stop, if you don't know both sides of the story don't choose one based on the socially preferred ("STUDENT HIT!" "OH driver must have been speeding, texting, or not paying attention!"). I personally feel terrible if I just hit a rabbit let alone a child. I can't imagine how this mother feels and I am sure she is beating herself up about it and your rumors and accusations aren't helping! I agree with the above comment about the children have some accountability for their actions especially at 10 years old if they can use iphones, facebook, and ipods they sure should be able to atleast look both ways and use a crosswalk!! I sure hope for this little girls healing and being able to get back to school soon but I also hope for this mother's ability to cope and ability to ignore the ignorance of small town talking mothers. Good luck Allyson and Lisa!!

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justsayn 2 years, 3 months ago

Could not have said it better myself! Oh the joys of living in a small town :)

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dagger707 2 years, 3 months ago

Nice to see more people are acting like this girl deserved to be hit.

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Cowgirlann 2 years, 3 months ago

I agree with Dagger707 why is everyone acting like the children (I say children because another child got hit today) derserved to get hit by an adult in a moving vechile. I am not saying the adults do not feel gulity and feel devistaed that they just hit a child I would. But again, everyone needs to slow down and watch out. The city and the school has not taken our children's saftey into consideration putting more crosswalks & more sidewalks in, so please parents slow down and watch out.

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notimpressed 2 years, 3 months ago

After at least one more incident today (maybe one last night too??)....somebody better start actively addressing this now!! It takes a village to raise and care for a child, and everybody start doing their part instead of pointing fingers. Parents: talk to your children again about how and when to safely cross the roads because apparently they need to hear it again. Kids: make sure that you know everybody out there knows what you're going to do...stare down those cars, wave your hand to get them to acknowledge you, walk on the sidewalk and use the crosswalks (oh yeah, those don't exist everywhere they are needed!) Drivers: you're in a SCHOOL ZONE....slow down. Those kids come out of TMS like ants out of a mound so you've got to be prepared to look in front of, behind, beside you again and again. AND, quit picking up Buck and Precious in the bus loading zone and encouraging your child to walk away from the designated car rider loading zone....they won't perish if made to wait with all the other car riders. If you are that pressed for time, then maybe you should adjust your schedule. Administration: shame on you for your poor planning, projections, budgeting to not install adequate sidewalks and cross walks for kids to safely access the school from each direction. Do something, work on this, talk to the city. City: shame on you for not providing on going patrol to establish some fear in people to actually obey the rules out there. Write some tickets, take money out of their pockets, piss them off and I bet they will think twice before doing it again. The rate the kids are dropping out there, you guys are well on pace to wiping out an entire grade before the end of the school year!

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dagger707 2 years, 3 months ago

The child that was hit this morning was a classmate of my child's He was quite devastated.

I agree that the school needs to step up so more can be done to ensure the children's safety when school is starting and being let out. I get dirty looks from other drivers because I go slow and do watch for children

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Cowgirlann 2 years, 3 months ago

Again, I ask, why the city has not put more sidewalks or crosswalks around this school??? There is one cross walk for children and 1 side walk on the South side of Washington.. tell me why nobody out there has not ever noticed this before?

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LoveFamily 2 years, 3 months ago

All of your comments are proof of the ignorance I speak of. So far you have done nothing but start a rumor and put words in my mouth. Of course no one deserves to be hit by a car. As an open minded person I just choose to hear both sides and look at all aspects of the situation. I am sorry you are uncomfortable with hearing the facts of this situation and yes believe or not this child has some accountability. I also believe that this school should have never been built where its at without all the amenities of safety needed. Just maybe these mothers should use their power of mouth and get to work on forming a city wide push for better safety to and from that school and that ridiculous mess they call a cross walk at the THS. Thank You

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dagger707 2 years, 3 months ago

I've actually be sending e-mails to Dr Dickerson and have e-mailed the mayor about the incident.

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