A 56-year-old cafeteria worker has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon due to a crash which injured a student. The woman was driving a red Chevy vehicle on Cook Road near Hastings High School when the accident occurred.
Surveillance video of the crash shows a group of teens on the sidewalk crossing the street after school. The video shows the woman driving east on High Star Drive at a speed of roughly 45 to 50 in a 20 mile per hour zone. The woman struck a high school student and then hit a gray Dodge car.
Eyewitnesses saw the vehicle hit the student, who flew up into the air. He came to a rest on the ground, and his ears and nose were bleeding. According to investigators, the woman said she knew there were kids in the area and was driving slowly. She says she served to the middle lane in order to avoid hitting the student, but still struck him. She says she tried to hit the brakes but instead hit the gas pedal, which is what caused her to hit the Dodge. The student was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
It’s not clear what caused this tragic accident – the woman could have been potentially been distracted at the time the accident occurs. She is now facing criminal charges. In situations such as this one, the accident victim may also be able to obtain compensation for the accident from the driver’s insurance policy, or potentially the school, depending on the circumstances of the accident.
If you have been injured in an automobile accident because of the negligence of another driver, you should speak with an attorney.