Boy hit by a car on his way to school


A 7-year-old boy was hit by a car as he and his sisters were walking to Beverly Elementary School this morning.

It happened when he tried to cross 164th Place SW at 52nd Avenue West around 8:20 a.m.

Leslie Hynes from Fire District 1 tells us medics transported the boy to Harborview Medical Center. Medics described his injuries as serious, but said they did not appear to be life-threatening.

The driver of the car remained at the scene. The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

Below is a letter that went home with Beverly Elementary students this afternoon:

Dear Beverly Families,

I would like to share with you that a second grade student was hit by a car on his way to school this morning. He has some injuries that he is being treated for and will be in the hospital for several days.

The student was walking to school with siblings when the accident occurred at the intersection of 164th Place SW and 52nd Ave. The students were southbound on the eastside of 52nd and using the crosswalk. A westbound vehicle stopped on 164th Place SW and waiting to turn onto 52nd Avenue, proceeded through the intersection unaware that one of the students was still in the crosswalk. According to Snohomish County Sheriff officials, there have been no citations issued. They are continuing to investigate.

This serves as a difficult reminder, especially as we enter the shorter daylight hours, to review with your student appropriate safety practices coming to and from school. We will continue to be in touch with the student’s family and provide updates on his recovery. He and his family are in our thoughts.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.


Carol Frodge

    1. Complain to the Edmonds School District, their management cut the funding for buses. “The squeaky wheel gets the grease”!

  1. I agree, I think the school district needs to be thankful that this boy wasn’t critically injured, perhaps this is their wake up call, buses should never of been one of the things they cut back on to save money, you can’t put a price on a child’s life! this boy was using the crosswalk and look what happened. My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family and i hope he has a speedy recovery!

    1. I agree that the District made a VERY BIG MISTAKE in cancelling a major portion of their bus service!!! How many “walkers” have to be injured until they’ll reduce their managements’ salaries and restore funding where it’s needed—with the students?!

  2. I think one reason for this tragedy is that 52 Ave W was on the County schedule to be improved to 3 lanes with bike lanes and sidewalks by 2010 as Scheduled in the 2008 County 6 year Transportation Improvement Plan. When Lynnwood proposed annexing the area the funding was moved to other more outlying areas. Only now is funding being repurposed and that if/ when a County wide Transportation Benefit District is formed.

  3. Perhaps student crossing guards (which cost no money) would put an orange vest of a taller kid in the area. when turning, the car body can be in the way and you can’t see a short kid.

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