A recent email from a concerned Magnolia mom,
This afternoon my kids and I were walking home on the west side of 34th and had a scary near-miss with a car. We were crossing in the crosswalk at W Raye when my five year old dropped the flower she was carrying and turned around to pick it up. I turned around just in time to see a car turn from southbound on 34th onto W Raye, whizzing through the crosswalk and very narrowly missing my daughter. The car kept going and my neighbor who happened to see it let me know that the driver appeared to be a teenager. He or she didn’t seem to have noticed what had happened.
If you have a teenager, especially one who drives a 90’s era white compact sedan (looked like a Honda or similar) and would have reason to be turning from 34th onto W Ray around 4:00, please have a talk with them about driving safely around crosswalks, schools and kids. I’ve had a talk with my daughter about not stopping in a crosswalk and staying with me, but kids are unpredictable pedestrians and there are good reasons that the law says that cars must wait to enter a crosswalk until it is clear. We are very, very lucky that both our lives weren’t changed today.
A great reminder to stay alert behind the wheel and always be on the lookout for little ones!