An 8-year-old Mossdale Elementary School student was struck in the crosswalk of the roundabout near Lathrop City Hall on Monday – sending shockwaves through the community and leading to calls for a renewed look at pedestrian safety.
The student, whose name was not released because of his age, is reportedly doing well and was not severely injured as a result of the collision.
News of the incident traveled fast on social media and prompted a number of residents to work to try and facilitate discussions between law enforcement, the City of Lathrop, and the school district on issues of student pedestrian safety.
In a statement about the incident, Manteca Unified said that it remains committed to ensuring that students arrive to school safely and is willing to step in and play a role with the City of Lathrop to see that commitment through.
“Our hearts go out to the family of our Mossdale Elementary School student injured this morning,” the district said in a statement about the incident. “We understand that this event is traumatizing to the family and those who may have witnessed the incident.
“Mossdale Elementary has counseling services available throughout the day for those needing additional support. As the City of Lathrop continues to grow, we remain available to consult in the Safe Routes to School infrastructure, a funded initiative from the State of California which local city agencies independently oversee.”
The City of Lathrop – the collision occurred not far from Lathrop City Hall – said that it will continue the work of improving safety for drivers and pedestrians alike and will look into the matter once all of the findings are compiled and make improvements where necessary.
“The City of Lathrop considers the safety of our residents to be a top priority. We’ve purposely built up transportation safety infrastructure in key locations to minimize the potential for automobile and pedestrian collisions and continuously look for new means to improve our roadways for all users,” the City of Lathrop said in a release. “While the traffic investigators complete their review of this incident, the residents of Lathrop should know that we will also review the findings when they are released and make any additional improvements needed to further increase safety.”
The City of Lathrop has been working to ensure student safety in their walks to and from local schools in a variety of different ways – from pushing for the installation of railing for students from Historic Lathrop walking under I-5 to Lathrop High School to cautioning against walking across streets while wearing earbuds or headphones through a signage effort.
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