An 11-year-old girl, Brittany Pollack, suffered personal injuries when she was struck by a motorcycle near Deland, Florida. According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred on South Shell Road, between S.R. 44 and Old New York Avenue. Florida Highway Patrol Sergeant Kim Montes said that Pollack walked out in front of a motorcycle driven by Thomas Henry, 51.
Pollack was flight lifted by helicopter to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach as a trauma alert, said Montes. She was later said to be in stable condition. Montes said that no charges have been filed in the incident.
The streets in Florida communities should be a safe place for children to walk. But as illustrated above, many kids face traffic dangers when walking across streets, to school or home from the local park. Drivers, parents and kids can all do their part by following these safety tips to ensure that streets are safe for child pedestrians:
• Walk on sidewalks or paths.
• Cross at a corner using traffic signals and crosswalks. Make eye contact with the driver; do not assume that because you can see the driver, that they can see you.
• Make sure your child plays in a safe environment away from roadways such as yards and parks. Fence off play areas at home that are close to the driveway and road.
• Check frequently for children when backing out of the driveway or parking space.
• Parents and their children should hold hands while walking in parking lots or crossing streets.
For more information on this topic, see Girl, 11, hit by motorcycle near DeLand.