CARY — For many, daily crossings of Walnut Street are a part of life at Cary High School, and a serious collision on the second day of school didnt change that.
As 17-year-old Islom Juraev remained hospitalized on Wednesday, his fellow students streamed across the crosswalk where he was struck a day earlier.
Some of the teens crossed inside the lines. Some jaywalked across five lanes of traffic.
Megan Huber, 16, stuck to the crosswalks with her friends. Shes been hit twice once hard while using pedestrian crossings near the school, she said. And she was watching on Tuesday when a red Volkswagen Jetta collided with Islom in the crosswalk.
I saw it, and it was shocking, said Megan, a junior.
The oncoming vehicle seemed to be traveling full speed when it knocked the student from his bicycle, she said. He hit the windshield and he was on the ground.
No charges had been filed against the cars driver as of Wednesday afternoon.
Islom was listed in fair condition at WakeMed in Raleigh.
Rules and safety features
The crosswalks in front of Cary High School have long been a topic of debate in Cary.
The school allows students to cross the road to a nearby pizzeria and gas station during lunch hours, and many students cross the busy road after school.
Its just a really bad recipe over there, said Michelle Muir, a parent of three Cary High School students who has pushed in the past for changes to the area.
Its not clear how often collisions occur near the school, but Muir said a 2008 incident was among the most recent.
The town of Cary and the N.C. Department of Transportation have steadily added more safety features to the road over recent years, including street lights, high-visibility markings and the mid-block crossing where Islom was struck.
A police officer also was on duty Wednesday afternoon, pulling over driver after driver for speeding. But there apparently was no one to discourage waves of students from jaywalking.
Students flouting of traffic laws is the biggest threat to their safety, according to Daniel Wilson, a junior at Cary High.
Theres nothing much that the town can do maybe put another crosswalk but part of the problem is people being idiots, said Daniel, 16.
Pedestrians properly using the crosswalk have the right of way. But that legal right is no guarantee, according to students.
I dont cross unless its clear, because I dont have faith in people, said Charlie Craichy, 17.
For now, the town of Cary and the DOT arent planning any changes to Walnut Street near Cary High School, but the town will examine the area again in response to the recent crash.
We know its a very busy area. We know its one of our highest pedestrian crossing areas in town, said David Spencer, an engineer for the town of Cary. Well look ... to see if something could be done to possibly eliminate this type of crash in the future.
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