The backpack of one of the sisters after the accident
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -
The Principal of Middleton High School is urging students to use the crosswalks after two students were hit by a car on Hillsborough Avenue Tuesday.
One student was in critical condition after the accident. Her sister was expected to be okay. Despite the accident, Principal Owen Young told News Channel 8, he still saw students crossing and felt the need to call an assembly Wednesday afternoon.
“Not only did I see children, I also saw adults. So, we are going to have to continue to push the message. Not just to children but adults will have to begin model and understand the severity of students trying to take a risk to cross that big intersection,” said Principal Young.
Even after the assembly, News Channel 8 crews witnessed students still crossing the street through traffic and not at the crosswalks.
“What's the point of going all the way down there if you still have to come back up,” said student Crystal Iturralde.
Florida DOT is also looking into ways they can make the area safer.
“We will continue relentlessly to push the message, because we can't afford to have any more fatalities,” said Principal Young.
Young said there have been four accidents involving students in the past two years.