12-year-old girl struck by car at bus stop on city's west side


A 12-year-old girl was struck by a car shortly after 6:30 Thursday morning at Thrush Drive & Welch near 34th & Georgetown on Indianapolis' northwest side.

Police say she was exiting a car to get on the school bus when she was hit by another car. The girl is a student at Harshman Magnet Middle School.

She was taken to Riley Hospital for Children with minor injuries but has since been released and is expected to fully recover.

Police are investigating whether the bus crossing arm was down at the time of the accident. No charges have been filed against the driver who stopped and cooperated with police.

"I'm concerned for my own kids, and their safety because people don't pay attention, and they don't really care," said Frankie Long, a parent in the northwest side neighborhood. "I don't even trust them to walk from my house to my mother-in-law's house by themselves because of this intersection right here."

The accident was upsetting to parents and neighbors, but not surprising.

"There's people flying through this intersection all the time. That's why I won't even let my kids cross the street by themselves anymore," Long said.

"It could be 12 o'clock at night or it could be 3 o'clock in the afternoon, everybody is driving like a maniac and I just think people just don't care," neighbor Tim Grimes said. "I would like to see them put speed bumps down through here. Let them try to run 90 miles down the road then."

"With the weather getting nice, people out more, it's not uncommon for us to see a small tick in these types of things," said IMPD Officer Chris Wilburn.

The accident on the northwest side was one of four accidents where pedestrians were hit since Wednesday night. Despite the number of incidents, Wilburn says all the drivers did one thing right.

"I know that those incidents are very troubling, but the fact that these drivers remained on scene and were very cooperative with the investigation speaks to the dynamic of the situation, so we're happy about that," Wilburn said.

Still, Long says she will keep driving her kids to school.

"She wants to ride her bike to school and I would love for her to, but it's not worth the worry for me," Long said.

Meanwhile, a special needs child on the same school bus had a seizure, requiring a second ambulance run.