DENTON (CBSDFW.COM) – A school crossing guard is recovering at a Denton hospital after a car hit him in the intersection of Robinson Road at Teasley Lane.
The man was helping a group of students from LA Nelson Elementary cross the intersection when a car turning left off of Teasely hit him, police said.
“Apparently the sun was in a low enough position it had blinded him, and he didn’t see the crossing guard step out into the middle of Robinson,” said Officer Ryan Grelle of the Denton Police Department.
The crossing guard’s injuries were not life threatening, but the incident has some parents concerned.
“He’s almost been hit several times,” said Azure Hargis, who drives her kids to Nelson instead of letting them walk, “and I knew it was only a matter of time before he or one of the kids were hit.”
The speed limit on Teasley is 50 mph, and there is no designated school zone.
The Denton Independent School District said the school boundaries were zoned so that no students have to cross the busy street to get to school.
“I really honestly think we need a school zone, it is 50 miles an hour and there are 5-year-old kids walking to kindergarten, a traffic light would be a big help.” Hargis said
Students who live east of Teasley go to Nelson Elementary, while students on the west side go to another school.
“We’ve been working pretty diligently with the city to make sure we have safe routes to school for our students and our staff,” said Rod Reeves, Denton ISD spokesman.
The district has been working closely with the city of Denton and the Texas Department of Public Safety to put a traffic signal at the corner of Robinson and Teasely Lane.
It could be in place and operational as early as January 2011.
“We want to make sure that any place that students will be crossing will be controlled and safe so that necessitated us putting a light at that intersection.” Reeves said.