Shortly after school started, a serious Louisville car and pedestrian accident occurred right outside Valley High School. The pedestrian is a high school student who attends the Jefferson County Public School and was crossing the street to get to school.
The accident occurred around 6:40 AM at the intersection of Valley Station Road and Dixie Highway. Witnesses told police that the female student was crossing Dixie Highway after making a purchase at Walgreens, which is located right across the street from the school.
Dixie Highway is a five-lane highway that many high school students cross every day. Although this 17-year-old high schooler was in the crosswalk when the accident took place, the red minivan that hit her had the green light. Police indicated that the driver of the minivan was traveling southbound on Dixie Highway, but the driver had the green light and speed was not a factor either. Additionally, the driver of the vehicle that struck the girl did stop her car and ran to over to assist her.
Pam Jessee who saw the crash said, “It hit her and she flew up and all I could see was her go up [in the air] like a rag doll, she hit the ground.” Other witnesses said she was unable to talk when she was being taken away by the ambulance.
Sadly, this high school student is now being treated for life-threatening injuries, and officials have indicated that she has suffered severe head trauma in this accident.
Principal Gary Hurt told WLKY that, “All we can do is communicate to them that yes, it is a dangerous highway and be careful as you cross.”
Our Louisville accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Schachter, Hendy, & Johnson would like to send our best wishes for a complete recovery to the injured high school pedestrian.