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Student hit by car at Green Lake Elementary; speeding patrols to increase

What do you think? (6 Comments) January 21, 2011 at 4:30PM

Last Thursday (Jan. 13, 2011), a Green Lake Elementary School student was struck by a car.

The student was hit around 3:50 p.m. on Sunnyside Ave N, the street which borders the west side of the school.

“A child stayed after school and was playing on the playground unsupervised,” Principal Joanne Bowers explained in a bulletin sent to school parents.  ”The student, who was running after a friend in a game of tag which went into the street right outside the playground, was hit by a car. Fortunately, this student was not hurt and attended school the next day.”

“This is a Principal’s biggest fear,” she said.

The Green Lake Elementary School playground is not bordered by a fence, a situation Principal Bowers calls “a huge safety concern.”  In her note to parents, she promised that fencing will go in “ASAP.”

Green Lake Elementary School Playground

Bowers asked me to remind those who drive near the school to obey traffic rules. She also said, in her note to parents, that more Seattle Police Department traffic officers will be monitoring the area near Green Lake Elementary, and that one had been issuing speeding citations at the school earlier this week.

In addition, the school has recently received a Seattle Department of Transportation grant to improve students’ routes to the school.

Bowers reminded parents that students should not be on the playground unsupervised after school ends at 3:35 p.m.

6 Responses to “Student hit by car at Green Lake Elementary; speeding patrols to increase”

  1. Fitzychick says:

    It’s too bad that a child got hit. I have to say, though, that many parents of Greenlake Elementary students are setting a bad example for their kids by being totally oblivious to traffic when they drop off and pick up their kids there. I used to live just a few blocks away from the school and had to really watch for adults getting out of their cars across the street from the school, not looking in either direction on 65th Street, and crossing the road, mid block. Yes, pedestrians have the right of way, but they also have the responsibility of being aware of their surroundings and using common sense.

  2. I lived in the parsonage across 65th from the school, as a small child, many years ago. We saw so many kids get hit by cars crossing to the school, even in the crosswalk (not sure if it’s still there). They were typically heading over to play in the playground. Most often it was with tragic results. Parents really need to be careful – I doubt any of the logistics there have changed.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thanks for the note, Linn.

      Yes, the crosswalk is still there. A crossing guard is stationed there before and after school, and at all times there are bright orange flags that children (and others!) can hold while crossing the street.

  3. Bob043 says:

    I was sorry to hear about the child who was hit by a car, but I don’t see anything in the article that indicates the car was speeding. Why the knee-jerk reaction?

    • nseattlesarah says:

      I was just thinking the same thing. “speeding patrols to increase” – that’s good anyway, but if a child was playing tag and ran into the road quickly, even a car going under the speed limit would likely still hit him.

  4. Dougpy says:

    The fence on the other side of the playground is sometimes locked, strangely, when this side has no fence or gate.