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05/03/07

Lady's Island 5-Year-Old Hit By Truck

McTeer Bridge traffic in Beaufort is becoming dangerous for some pedestrians. McTeer Bridge traffic in Beaufort is becoming dangerous for some pedestrians.
A student from Lady's Island Elementary was hit by a truck today. A student from Lady's Island Elementary was hit by a truck today.

Traffic from the McTeer Bridge closing is still causing a lot of issues as people are trying to get on and off the island, and that traffic created one big problem for a local kindergartner at Lady's Island Elementary.

While students and teachers at Lady's Island Elementary are trying to get ready for the state standardized PACT tests next week, traffic on the island is not only impacting their studies, it's now impacting their lives.

Today, a truck hit a kindergartner on Youmans Drive behind Beaufort High School where a lot of the school's traffic has now been rerouted.

The 5-year-old is now at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston with non-life threatening injures.

Police say it all happened when the little girl ran across the street while going to her bus stop, darting in between cars that were backed up on Youmans Drive. But when she went across to the other side, she was hit by an on-coming truck.

The news hit Lady's Elementary School hard. "It was heart-breaking," said the school's principal, Terry Bennett. "We just about thought we'd gotten over the hump today, thought this would be better and then to hear that a child had been hurt you never ever want to hear that happen."

But this isn't the only tragedy all this traffic has caused. Earlier this week, a driver hit a school guidance counselor who was riding her bike to school.

There are also several empty desks in classrooms throughout Lady's Elementary after five families pulled their children out of school because of the long waits to and from school.

"It's sad because they're our family and we are all family members and loosing some family members is painful," said the school's assistant principal, Lynn Patterson.

"We've been real lenient as far as getting children that are tardy, go early, it's just if you have to sit in traffic for three hours with your children in a car, I think you'd understand why you'd have to make a life change," said Bennett.

Officials say the driver of the truck that injured the little girl is not responsible for the accident and is not be charged. However, school officials are asking everyone to take extra precautions, especially with all this traffic, to make sure this doesn't happen to any other child.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com 

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