Girl hit by car crossing busy Ottawa Co. road | News
PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - Police are urging drivers to be extra cautious now that children are out of school. Thursday night a driver hit a 12-year-old girl who dashed out onto Ottawa Beach Road near 152nd Avenue.
Lieutenant Steve Kempker says it happened too fast for the driver or 12-year-old Alexis Moore to avoid the collision.
"Witness statements say she never stopped and darted out in front of a car," says Lieutenant Kempker.
Alexis was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Lieutenant Kempker says its the time of year when drivers and pedestrians have to watch out.
"A lot of kids are on the go, and they don't think, so they have to take a step back," says Lieutenant Kempker.
"Even the most cautious mothers have reason to be afraid," says Kim Steenwyk, a mother of two daughters.
Steenwyk says she teaches her daughters the rules of crossing the street.
"We pull them away and say, 'What did you do? You've got to look and there's no cars this time, but you just never know,'" says Steenwyk.
Investigators say it appears the driver was obeying the speed limit. There are no skid marks at the scene and investigators say that means impact was around 45 miles per hour.
Lieutenant Kempker says there is no set age when children should be able to cross on their own.
"That's a standard that has to be set by the parents and every parent is different," says Lieutenant Kempker.
"Even older kids who don't want their hands held, you've got to stay persistent," says Steenwyk.
At last check, Alexis was in stable condition and expected to survive. Investigators say its likely the driver will not face any charges.