For the tenth time in seven weeks, a child in Volusia County has been hit by a car either coming or going from school.
"I'm shaking. I'm pretty upset," said Angela Cole, a mother of one of the victim's friends. She is fired up after seeing a child and his bicycle on the ground in front of Pine Ridge High School after being hit by a car. "I don't think its safe for kids to be walking to Pine Ridge High School," said Cole.
Parents across the county may feel the same way. Volusia County Schools Spokesperson, Nancy Waite says school officials are very concerned about this. "This time last year, we had 9 students hit. We have not made any progress. We really put a lot of effort last year into really educating our students, parents and working with law enforcement to educate our community to try and change this trend," said Waite.
Why are so many students getting run over? Is there a common denominator? Records show students hit range from 3rd to 12th graders, all at different schools. Waite says the one common thread is distraction.
"This year I looked at the statistics and it looks like this year really is more drivers that aren't paying attention," said Waite.
She says drivers are to blame in 8 out this year's ten accidents. Investigators say in this morning's case the student was crossing the intersection riding his bike towards school in the cross walk, when a driver coming out of the school parking lot hit him. That's why Waite is putting out a plea to drivers.
"Please be aware and slow down Put down your phone, turn down the radio and just pay attention," said Waite.