Austin ISD says Bowie HS student hit by vehicle on sidewalk near school
Austin ISD has confirmed that a teenager hit in a Wednesday crash on Slaughter Lane is a Bowie High School student, and he was hit on the sidewalk.
Austin-Travis County EMS said Wednesday the student suffered critical injuries, but it’s unclear his status as of Thursday.
The crash happened around 5 p.m. right next to Bowie High School, which sits along Slaughter Lane.
Parents nearby say they’ve been concerned about the speeding traffic on the road next to students walking to and from school.
“It’s a little frightening,” parent Chelsea DeKruyff said.
DeKruyff lives near the school and while her kids don’t go to Bowie yet, they will in the future. She said the road is so bad she won't even let her children walk across Slaughter Lane.
“Because it’s Slaughter, I still don’t really trust it so I don’t let them cross Slaughter at all. That’s completely against the rules,” DeKruyff said.
One parent said he’s seen cars speed through crosswalks with students in them and cars speed past stopped school buses.
Board President Kendall Pace said Thursday she’s aware of the safety issues.
“It takes a while to get in and out of Bowie around release time,” Pace said.
“Do we need pylons, do we need more security officers directing traffic? I’m not sure,” she said.
DeKruyff said he’s tragic and terrifying what happened to the student Wednesday evening. She says in the future she’ll be nervous for her kids walking to Bowie.
“There’s this idea that you could have this safe, suburban sort of idyllic life and it makes me think twice about how my kids are going to go to the high school once they’re ready for that. And I’m probably going to be frightened every day knowing that they’re walking back and forth,” DeKruyff said.