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Parents speak out about dangerous road after student is hit by truck


Parents and residents are speaking out about a dangerous cut through road after a teenager was hit by a pickup truck on his way home from school.

The intersection of Whitemarsh Island Rd. and Mapmaker Ln. is an area that has caused concern for quite some time.

On Wednesday, Ryan Eston, 14, was hit by a pickup truck at the dangerous intersection on his way home from school. He lives just a block away from where the incident took place.

Hundreds of students walk up and down Mapmaker Ln. every day on their way to and from Islands High School, Coastal Middle School and Marshpoint Elementary.

Parents and residents say drivers speed down the road and use it as a cut through in between Hwy 80 and Johnny Mercer Blvd. Some even use it as a pick up and drop off zone, but that makes it dangerous for students because there are no sidewalks.

"As you can see, the kids get out of school and the road is very dangerous. Cars go very quickly. Parents are not watching their children sometimes and the kids just dart out. I feel sorry for anyone that lives on this road because it is a very dangerous situation," said Suzette Weis, parent.

Parents and residents hope the school board will do something about the situation by either prohibiting parents from waiting for their children there or adding speed bumps.

Eston is in stable condition at the hospital. Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department's Major Accident Investigation Team is continuing to investigate.

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