HIGH RIDGE, Mo. – A seventh-grader was struck by a car Wednesday afternoon near Woodridge Middle School in Jefferson County.
The incident happened just before 3 p.m. along Gravois Road near Walden Lane.
Grant Bissell, a spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, said two boys were walking east along the shoulder of the road on Gravois when a driver headed west left the roadway and struck one of the boys.
“Sounds like she braked just before she collided with the one boy but couldn’t stop in time. Hit the one boy,” said Grant Bissell, a spokesperson for the Jefferson County Sherriff’s Office.
The boy was taken by ambulance to a local hospital with a leg injury. The driver stayed at the scene and is cooperating with authorities. Bissell said the driver is not being charged at this time.
The child’s name and age have not been disclosed.
The school’s assistant principal rode in the ambulance with the kid, and the principal followed behind.
“There’s just not a lot of sidewalks. There’s not a lot of great places for people to walk or for students to go home,” said Northwest School District Superintendent Desi Kirchhofer. “There is a bigger shoulder on a lot of our side roads. So generally speaking our students are safe there.”
It’s unclear what led her to drive out of the lane.
“She wasn’t intoxicated. She stayed on the scene. She didn’t drive away afterward,” said Bissell. “So there are a lot of other choices she could have made in this situation that fortunately she didn’t.”
The Northwest R-I School District sent a statement to students’ families about the incident.
“We were able to make contact with the child’s parent immediately, who was then able to meet them at the hospital,” the statement reads, in part. “We appreciate everyone’s concern and are keeping this student and their family in our thoughts and prayers, and wish for a quick and speedy recovery.“
“Your heart goes out to the parents immediately and you feel that fear that they probably have,” said Superintendent Kirchhofer.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will not be pressing criminal charges at this time. The investigation is ongoing.