Accident sparks calls for increased crossing safety

Parents and teachers are calling for increased street crossing safety for students after a child was hit by a car in front of his Homecrest school Thursday.

The accident happened at around 7:00 a.m. when a sixth-grader from the Cunningham Intermediate School was arriving for class. There is no crossing guard on duty until 7:30 a.m.

"Kids at this age are impulsive," says teacher Carolyn Adinolfi. "They jump in and out of traffic. They think that nothing can hurt them."

Currently, there is only one crossing guard that has to oversee three intersections. When foot traffic gets especially heavy, the school's principal comes out to help her students cross.

Officials from the 61st Precinct say they are working to post a second crossing guard whose shift would start at 7 a.m.

The student who was injured Thursday was taken to Kings County Hospital and is listed in stable condition.

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