A 16-year-old boy was stuck by a vehicle right outside of Huron High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Oct. 25. According to a police sergeant, the accident is still under investigation.
The teen was headed north when he crossed Fuller Road close to the school. He was struck by a vehicle traveling eastbound. There hasn’t been any other information released by police.
The teen attended Community High School, where he was a junior. He was described as a positive, generous, humorous and energetic person.
It’s not known if the teen was in the crosswalk when the accident occurred. The day after the accident, parents asked the Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Educating for safer crosswalks for their children. The secretary of the board said that such changes have to come from the city of Ann Arbor.
Some residents want to know if the city of Ann Arbor has favored downtown projects and deferred the funding for crosswalk improvements. The improvements include the crash location, which does not have lighting. An amendment proposed to use the city’s general fund reserve didn’t pass, failing by a 3-8 vote. One councilwoman who proposed using the reserve fund said that even if the amendment had passed, the crosswalk on Fuller Road wouldn’t have started until next year.
The loss of a child is one of the most tragic things a family has to deal with. When a child dies because of the negligent actions of another person or a government entity, the loss is even more difficult to understand. Those who have been injured or who have lost someone because of a pedestrian vs. car accident have a right to seek compensation from the at-fault parties through a civil lawsuit.
Source: MLive.com, “Ann Arbor Police release few details after teen struck, killed by car,” Lindsay Knake, Oct. 27, 2016