Child Hit By Car Near Elementary School in Warner Robbins, Georgia
Around 8 a.m. Wednesday morning, as she was on her way to school, 6-year-old Shai La Ivery was struck by a car. Ivery reportedly stepped into oncoming traffic on Featherstone Driver near Russell Elementary School, according to Warner Robins Police public information officer Jennifer Parson. She was struck by a Kia Optima while crossing the road.
Featherstone Drive, where the speed limit is 15 mph, parallels one side of the elementary school. Witnesses say Ivery was on the ground crying and holding her legs following the accident. Police do not believe speeding was a factor in the accident, but the incident is still under investigation. Ivery was transported to Houston Medical Center. Authorities indicate she was alert and speaking to first responders at the time she was taken by ambulance from the scene.
Neighbors in the area believe a crossing guard is needed on Featherstone Drive because of the traffic on the road and the number of children who cross it to access the school. A crossing guard is posted on another side of the school (Patriot Way and Kimberly Road), but some neighbors think a guard needs to be on Featherstone drive, as well.
The Warner Police Department’s Traffic Unit is investigating this accident and has not yet released additional information. The driver of the Kia Optima has not been identified, and police have not indicated whether any charges will be filed.
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