Tulsa School Hopes for Crosswalk Change After Near Accident
Crossing guard David Offord has seen a lot in his 87 years, but few sights were as harrowing as the one he saw the other day.
"He saved the boy's life," he said.
It was Wednesday after school, and Mr. Offord was about to help a father and son cross Lewis, as he's done countless times.
"This is to get the traffics attention," he said pointing to his stop sign.
"Traffic had stopped. The crosswalk guard had stopped traffic and told us to come on," said parent Ross Ledbetter.
And just as Ross's 8 year-old son stepped out into the street, he heard the roar of an engine. It was a pickup truck barreling down.
"I had a hold of my son's shirt, and I grabbed him and I just threw him back into the grass," he said.
"He saved his life man, that car was traveling," said Offord.
It was literally a brush with death.
"Uh, the mirror brushed me as it went by," said Ledbetter.
There are the standard flashing lights for a school zone, but there's concern that they're not far enough away from the crosswalk to be fully effective.
"It's almost too close to the crosswalk," said Ledbetter.
"You know, we'll go look to see if it could be moved," said Michelle Allen with the city of Tulsa.
As for the possibility of having a traffic light installed? That's a bit more involved.
"Our staff would go out, maybe assess the situation, look at volume control, pedestrian activity, crash data in that area and really come back and assess," she said.
Meanwhile, Monte Cassino's school director is hoping drivers will be more vigilant and mindful.
"It comes down to no matter what the barriers are, if people aren't going to obey the rules, then we're going to have problems," said Matt Vereecke.
A too close for comfort call, at a crosswalk that's already seen its share of tragedy.
"A lady was actually, tragically killed. I think that was 2 or 3 years ago at night coming to a school function at this very same crosswalk," said Ledbetter.