Lantana Residents Call For Safer Bicycle Crossing After 8-Year-Old Hit
DENTON COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – Abby Spencer watches her sister play soccer. She’s recovering after being knocked off her bicycle Wednesday morning.
She was rushed to the hospital and has some bumps, bruises and a sprained ankle. “I was just riding my bike and the car came and hit me and I fell on my side,” remembers 8-year-old Spencer.
Her mother Cathi Ledet is grateful, “We are lucky! She is alive! She had her helmet on and she’s safe.”
She is among about 300 students who walk or ride their bicycles across Lantana Trail. They have to cross four lanes of traffic at the Lantana Trail and Stacee Lane intersection. Parents say they haven’t been able to use the tunnel crossing nearby because it’s closed with all the road construction going on around the area.
Lantana is in an unincorporated part of Denton County. The water district maintains the road and legally can’t enforce traffic laws. A petition has been submitted asking the county to make some changes.
At a meeting a group of parents voiced their concerns Thursday night. “We had cross guards there at one time through PTA, however they learned that being a crossing guard does expose you to some liability should something happen,” says Kevin Mercer, the General Manager of Lantana. “They could be held personally liable – so at that point they all resigned.”
Mercer says after concerns from parents they installed school zone warning signs, painted a crosswalk and put in a push button for flashing signals. He says another option could be putting in a three way stop, but parents think that’s not enough.
“The first step is the crossing guard in the morning and afternoon,” says parent Dicie Turnbull. She’s concerned about the cross walk, especially after what happened to Abby “Now it’s happened. We feared it for 4 years and now it’s happened.”
The Denton County Sheriff’s Department was called out to the scene. Deputies are investigating, and at this point have not charged the driver.