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Two Patapsco High Students Struck by Car

A brother and sister were taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital with serious injuries.

Two local high school students, a brother and sister, were taken to a local hospital after being struck by a car this afternoon.

Baltimore County police received a call about the incident at about 3:15 p.m. Thursday, according to police spokeswoman Louise Rogers-Feher.

The two  students were attempting to cross Wise Avenue, a five-lane road, near the school when they were struck, Rogers-Feher said.

"They were struck while crossing mid-street," she said. "The car in the fast lane was able to stop but it appears that, at this time, the car in the slow lane did not see them."

Both were taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Hospital's pediatrics center with serious injuries. The boy appeared to have suffered a head injury, according to the spokeswoman.

School officials were notified and the driver of the car stayed on the scene.

"This was a matter of the students jaywalking, and you can't jaywalk crossing a five-lane road," Rogers-Feher said.

jordan September 06, 2012 at 11:54 PM
i was there my prayers go out to them and there family they ran out in traffic cars that stop should not waive others to go and cross the street the silver car diddnt see them until it was to late i pray those kids will be fine but they do need a crossing guard county can put a speed camera in they need a crossing guard
Donna Thornton September 07, 2012 at 02:05 AM
my husband was ther said the girl looked pretty bad n boy might have broken leg,i kno people are saying they were jaywalking but u are in a school zone n that means slow down n be careful.if anyone knows the condition or name of the kids please let us knowour prayers are with the kids n their family.we pray they will be ok!!!
angel j September 07, 2012 at 02:16 AM
even though there high school students there should still be crossing gards or officers that road is to well used
Donna Thornton September 07, 2012 at 02:35 AM
u are absolutely correct!!!!!! they should put our tax money to crossin guards at all schools instead of worrying bout slots,n paying city n county workers to sleep on the job in there trucks!! PROTECT OUR CHILDREN IF IT MEANS HAVING CROSSING GUARDS THEN DO IT!!!!!!!!!!
Lynda Satterfield-Insley September 07, 2012 at 04:59 AM
my husband was right there and gave a statement. the guy was going atleast 40 mph... he also cut someone off at the light before hand. of course he will say they were jaywalking and whatever else. i hope the parents of the children take him to court. if it were my children. the guy would be in the hospital as well.
Lynda Satterfield-Insley September 07, 2012 at 05:03 AM
honestly the guy was a young guy trying to look cool. wasnt paying attention. its actually a case of driving while being an idiot
DHAMMER September 07, 2012 at 10:48 AM
most of these kids have no respect for traffic and just dare you to hit them,I see it everyday as they walk in Gangs ,they stand in the streets as traffic is moving instead of on the sidewalk,the Police should be snatching these kids up and give them the riot act for Jay Walking.They need to pay attension.
Ashley Virginia September 07, 2012 at 11:14 AM
The guy in the slow lane hit them. so if the slow lane is going 40 mph how fast was the guy in the fast lane going; and he was able to stop.
TonyD September 07, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Thats right Donna blame the government for a kid not following the rules of the road. If they would have used the cross walk, we would probably not be having this conversation.
Freddy September 07, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Funny thing is we pay to have a Baltimore County Police officer at all schools but we still see jay walking, kids smoking, kids cutting class, kids brining in guns and so on. Did the speed camera pick up the cars speeding?
smg September 07, 2012 at 12:32 PM
My daughter goes to that school and i have to be really careful when I pick her up. I expect the knuckle head kids to run in front of my car so I drive very slowly. Being an adult means knowing how kids act and we need to act accordingly. I was there and it looked like a war zone. Hope they reciver fully and everyone learns a valuable lesson from this.
Freddy September 07, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Is it’s unreasonable to think that one cop with the aid of the school staff could prevent incidents like this from happening? Your right one person can’t be everywhere but a group of people can cover vast areas.
Shell9 September 07, 2012 at 04:49 PM
I hope they are alright and the driver that hit them. It is going to have a psychological effect on all of them. I see the kids everyday jaywalking.They could be honestly 2 ft away from the crosswalk and refuse to cross in it. Kids do not know how to properly cross the street. They don't know why the cross button is there and which light to cross on. If they do get in the crosswalk, they cross on green as the cars are getting ready to go. I believe there was a student last year or the year before that was hit by a car in the evening. She was jaywalking in the dark and not wearing any visible colors. When do we hold the parents and children responsible for their actions!! I physically taught my kids since they were younger how to cross a street. This generation seems to think that it is always someones else's fault.
Buzz Beeler September 07, 2012 at 07:39 PM
I hope the students recover. For the police the problem involves he right of way and along that stretch students are always crossing at the wrong places. I'm surprised there are not more of these accidents. If they don't use the designated crosswalk they are in violation. If the police can prove negligence on he part of the drive he also can be charged.
Al Day September 07, 2012 at 08:12 PM
My original comment was deleted so I will repeat. what was the speed the driver was doing? If it was over the speed limit by a good amount than jaywalking isn't the only problem. These are school age people we're talking about here, not adults. So following the letter of the law might not be appropriate in this situation. They are a work in progress. Lets not be so quick to condemn them for their lack of wisdom. We are the adults and need to come up with a solution. I don't know whether the school administration has informed the student body of the dangers or not. I'd like to know whether there is an emphasis on that inside the school. And I've seen grown men in high places walk right out in front of vehicles. I had occasion several years ago to pull a man back to safety after he walked in front of on-coming cars in Towson. Drivers need to respect the fact that school zones need special alert while driving. And lets all pray these youngsters heal.
Shell9 September 07, 2012 at 08:29 PM
At some point they should realize that right is right and wrong is wrong. My girls are 20, 16 and 12.My husband and I took the time to teach them how to cross a street. I let my girls know that they are not invincible. So while high school kids are young..I don't expect them to know what career they are going in to or how to run a budget...BUT I do expect them to know something as so basic as crossing the street correctly. There is no excuse for any teenager to be jaywalking nor adults. If the driver was speeding then he will get a ticket and a scare of his lifetime, Also, I think the school should have taken the initiative this morning and talk to the students while they were in class. Let them know the importance of crossing correctly AND followed up with the parents reinforcing it when their kids get home. My daughter said that they only said that 2 students were hit by a car. They certainly lost an opportunity to reach these kids today.
Al Day September 07, 2012 at 08:37 PM
In many states there are blinking lights on around school zones with 15 mph speed limits that are strictly enforced. And lets get real. Two kids walking along talking are probably not thinking about the plus' & minus' of jaywalking. These are kids. And if all the driver gets is a ticket for speeding then something is wrong with the law. He hit 2 humans with his car. There is no excuse for that. Whenever pedestrians are present it is the responsibility of the driver to watch for them. Not the other way around for pete's sake. Read your driver handbook shell9
fred September 07, 2012 at 09:07 PM
you should read the article on patch, the police stated pedestrian error and no charges to the driver.
Al Day September 07, 2012 at 09:20 PM
That means there is even more of a problem then I first realized. If two school children were run over by a car near a school and there were no charges then there are other issues even worse than the accident. The entire area should be treated as a school zone with the same caution by drivers as a cross-walk. That is just plain common sense. How many more must be run over before things change?
fred September 07, 2012 at 10:27 PM
why restrict it to school areas, children walk along wise ave its entire length . then why stop at wise ave. make it 15 mph everywhere. and i guess the police are just not doing their job. as you stated in a previous post you have witnessed grown men do the same thing, so where do your ideas for rules of the road stop?
Al Day September 07, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Thats a real easy one. Duh. Adjacent to schools like in this case. Bet you could figure that out yourself, though.
Shell9 September 07, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Police have determined that the driver was not at fault. So unless we were there with a radar gun, we do not know if he was speeding. There are no skid marks on the road. Clearly the first car that they ran in front of stopped in time. When they proceeded, then they were hit by a car that did not even see them. He had reasonable thinking that no one would be stepping out on him. It's tragic to all involved, but these kids need to follow this basic rule that they should have learned when they were like 10 years old..Learn to use the crosswalk when crossing...It's most of the kids in the school that walk home. I think it would not hurt if the resource officer walked outside around 2:15 and direct the kids to the cross walk. Give them a citation if they Jaywalk..Extreme but our kids are going to continue to get hit by cars..
ArcAngel September 08, 2012 at 12:19 AM
You know, just because a pedestrian has the right of way (wherever it is) does not relieve them of the responsibilty to themselves and their families to watch out. Many a deceased pedestrian out there who was in the right. 150 lb person vs 3000 lb auto = no contest.
Parkvillehoney September 08, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Most kids don't have the mental ability to think of the consequences of their actions. That is why the law states you are a juvenile until age 18 years old. Any responsible driver would drive slower in a school zone. I know it is "big brother" but I wish there were speed cameras in front of every school. If a speed camera prevents one accident or saves one life, it is worth the cost and inconvenience to speeders.
Jay Fitzgerald September 10, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Try to drive past or around the schools. Drivers all over especially wise/holabird corridor speed and routinely cut each other off and refuse right of way. There is NO enforcement of road laws, pedestrian included. The kids are taught THEY have the right of way as a pedestrian instead of being responsible for crossing at the corners or crosswalks. They'd curse and spit on a crossing guard..are you kidding me??? Our parenting, education and law enforcement failures lying in the middle of the street...again... Driver and pedestrians at fault.
Buzz Beeler September 10, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Jay, good comment. I drive by there every day and see the same thing.
Scott September 11, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Students were hit at 3:15. The SRO (School Resource Officer) is finished at 3:00. It is the student's responsibility to be respectful citizens and follow the LAW by crossing at the intersection not in the middle of Wise Avenue. Often students jaywalk in front of the school and EXPECT that drivers will stop. It is an unfortunate accident however it was preventable if the students used better judgement,.
Al Day September 11, 2012 at 08:03 PM
You condescending fools. These are children, not adults. If they were fully responsible adults they wouldn't be walking home from SCHOOL! You cluck your tongues and look down your noses because you don't want to be disturbed by watching out for youngsters near schools. Shame on you. Better to tie a millstone around your neck than to harm one of the little ones. Sound familiar? If not try reading the bible.
Shell9 September 11, 2012 at 09:32 PM
My girls are 12, 16, and 20 years old. I expect them to know how to cross a street. I expect them to be responsible at their age to know right from wrong. I expect them to follow rules and not break laws. Something that has been instilled in them since they were toddlers, through elementary, middle and high school. I raise my kids to know that it is not all about them and the world doesn't revolve around them. Some thing so basic as crossing the street in the crosswalk should be a given. If the kids are breaking the most basic of rules, then I blame the parents for not being proactive. By the time kids are in High school they should know what is expected of them and how to follow basic safety rules. We have kids in this country learning how to drive at 16..They better know what the rules are.....I'm a christian and I can say that in the bible.....TEENAGE kids were running family business and having families..They knew how to be responsible.
Chrissy January 05, 2013 at 03:17 AM
Why should the driver get charged ? He or She was not at falt if the kids jaywalked ! These kids should know how to cross the street. Forgive me if i'm wrong, but I don't think I'm wrong by saying that kids are tought how to cross the street in kindergarden if they are walkers all the way up to 6 or 7th grade.... I do feel sorry for them and there family, I hope the best for them.

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