“My message to the people? Slow down because we got a lot of kids that stay around here,” pleads one Latte Heights resident.
Guam – For the second time this week, a student has been hit by a vehicle while walking to a bus stop. The latest incident sent a seven-year-old Adacao Elementary student to the Guam Regional Medical City this morning.
One Latte Heights resident tells PNC that the seven year old boy is his neighbor.
“Around 7:45am, I was taking my kids to school. And as soon as I dropped them off to the bus stop, my neighbor –we know the little kid…he got hit by a car,” explains the concerned resident.
The resident tells PNC that cars frequently speed through the surrounding school zones.
“They use this road as a drag strip and they think it’s fun. But they got to realize that we stay along the road and we have plenty kids here,” he warns.
After the accident, the elementary student was taken to the Guam Regional Medical City.
“The kid is ok. He just couldn’t move on the road. But he’s okay, he can talk. He could move his eyes, he just couldn’t move his legs,” the Latte Heights resident tells PNC.
And according to Isa Baza, the Department of Education’s spokesperson, this is the second time a student was sent to the hospital for simply walking to the bus stop.
“On Wednesday morning there was a Benevente Middle School student who was struck by a car in the early morning hours,” recalls Baza. “That student was transported to GRMC and the principal also went to the hospital to speak to the family who was in communication with the Department of Public Works.”
With two accidents this week, GDOE is cautioning drivers to slow down. But the Latte Heights resident doesn’t just blame the drivers for speeding; he also blames the lack of signage in school zone areas.
“To the government, to the mayors, and to the employees: we do not see signs here that say slow down or mph, you know? …They got kids walking to school, but along the area, they should put signs,” criticized the resident. “We should put signs up. Put a barricade where the bus stop is at because there’s no barricade for the kids to be protected.”
His message to anyone driving through a residential area: slow down.
“We got a lot of kids that stay around here. It’s not only I that care, but everybody here as a family, as a neighborhood, we all care about our kids,” he said.
Meanwhile, Frank Taitano from the Department of Public Works did not return our calls as of news time this evening.