BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - A Broken Arrow mother is crusading for a safer Main Street after a car hit and injured her teenage son as he biked home from school.
Police say a vehicle struck hit 14-year-old Dakota Garcia near the intersection of Main Street and Elgin. His mom wants to see more safety measures, like a crossing walk, put in place.
A day after a car hit Dakota Garcia -- his ribs are bruised and his ankle is dislocated. He's still standing with the help of crutches.
"I can't really remember anything because I blacked out. I woke up on an ambulance," Dakota said.
His mom, Liz Garcia, says Dakota was riding his bike home from Haskell Middle School, which is about a mile away.
"The police called his father and said 'you need to meet me at the hospital, he's been hit by a car,'" she said.
Liz wants to see changes. She says students often cross this road on the way home.
"Some kind of safety, if not a cross guard, a light somewhere," she said.
The speed zone at the site of the accident is posted as a 30 mile per hour speed zone.
A 25 mph school zone for a nearby elementary school is about a block away from the scene of the accident. Crossing guard Carol Hill makes sure students get across the street safely every day.
"I've been doing this for eight years. I love the kids, I enjoy seeing the kids every day," Hill said.
On Wednesday, Carol saw the aftermath of the accident as she got to her crossing guard spot.
"I seen a lot of commotion, there was a lot of people out. And there was a fire truck and an ambulance," she said.
Without a crossing guard or cross walk, Liz worries there could be more accidents.
"I'm worried about the next kid not being as lucky as Dakota was," Garcia said.
City officials say they'll take a look at this intersection to see if additional safety measures are needed.
Police didn't cite the driver. The officer reported Dakota didn't stop at a stop sign before crossing Main Street.
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