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Crossing guard heartbroken after 13-year-old hit by truck leaving him with life-threatening injuries

Published: Dec. 16, 2021 at 4:22 PM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - A 13-year-old Blackhawk Middle School student was hit by a pickup Thursday morning just after 7:15 a.m while walking to school.

It was a difficult morning for the community, including crossing guard Sylvia Weston.

“I’m devastated,” Weston said. “He was just an innocent kid going to school and he gets hit.”

Paramedics rushed the teen to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police say the truck was heading east on State Blvd. when the driver says a car turned in front of them, blocking their view. That’s when they hit the teen, according to police. A crossing guard tried to stop traffic, but the pickup driver did not see that guard either.

Weston says she saw exactly what happened.

“This is one of the things that is really a big concern for us,” Fort Wayne Community Schools Public Information Officer Krista Stockman said. “Especially on streets like State where it’s a busy road, kids are walking to school.”

Stockman says this is a reminder for everyone to be careful in school zones. Fort Wayne Police say officers have been monitoring and enforcing school crosswalks, attempting to help students get to school safely.

”We have extra counselors coming to help out with that to help with any students who may be upset,” Stockman said. “It’s a tough day.” :10

As investigators work to learn more, Weston and the community are trying to cope.

“I don’t know if I’ll be here tomorrow,” Weston said. “I couldn’t go through it again.”

It’s unclear if the driver of that pickup will face any charges.

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