Denison child hit by car in 'critical but stable' condition

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

DENISON, Tex. -- An eight-year-old child now in critical but stable condition after being hit by a car on his way to school Wednesday morning.

Counselors have been talking to students at Hyde Park Elementary in Denison. They are assuring the children that Noah Carriger is taken care of, while also doing what they can to keep all of the students safe.

Doctors are saying that Noah "should be okay."

"Nobody wants this for any children," says Noah’s aunt, who didn’t want to be identified any further.

Noah is one of several kids who travel Loy Lake Road to school. As you walk along the street, you notice it’s lacking one important safety measure sidewalks.

"They don't get sidewalks, they don't get crosswalks, we don't have signs, we don't have anything. Speed bumps. Anything," she says.

Authorities say eight-year-old Noah Carriger and his friend were walking down Loy Lake Road when a red car hit the child at 7:30 Wednesday morning.

The driver, 17 -year-old Cody Richardson, said he simply didn't see the children. He now faces a charge of failure to maintain a single lane.

The eight-year-old was flown to Children’s Hospital in Dallas. He was unresponsive at the time.

"Certainly when there are kids walking to school, and you know it’s that time, pay attention and watch for anything. Watch for crossings, whether it’s kids or adults," Denison Police Lt. Mike Eppler said.

The second child was not hurt.

Carriger is in critical condition as of Wednesday afternoon.

School officials say they teach students safety tips at the beginning of every year, and give constant reminders. They try to teach children to practice safety no matter the condition.

"If you don't have a sidewalk in your neighborhood, try to stay on the gross. Avoid the street whenever you can," says Rebecca Downing, a district counselor.

The City of Denison recently received a “Safe Routes to School” grant, allowing city and school officials to make a plan to create sidewalks and other safety measures for students as they travel to and from school. There is not enough money to address each campus, but they are doing traffic studies to track which areas have the most foot and bicycle traffic.

"You'll notice no addition in the area has one, and all the kids are out in the street," says Jimmy Sweeney, who was walking with his son, Lucas, Wednesday afternoon.

Sweeney says he keeps a close grip on Lucas as they walk, constantly watching for cars as they drive by.

"We've thought about letting him ride his bike and walk to school, but I don't think that's possible. Not in this neighborhood," he says.

Once officials finish their Safe Routes to School plan, they plan to submit it to TX-DOT to receive funds to make these areas safer.

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  • by Tisha Location: Denison on Feb 26, 2008 at 12:29 PM
    I believe it was a total accident why people are on here blaming other people this isn't a chat room this is a comment board so if you got something to say...say it about the boy because he is the one the story about and while people are sitting there saying the cops or someone else don't care look at what you wrote because you wouldn't like it if your child was laying in the hospital and other people are attacking other people on your child's story so all of you need to grow up. AT LEAST I CARE UNLIKE YOU PEOPLE!!
  • by Anonymous Location: Sherman on Feb 18, 2008 at 07:54 PM
    OK, ED you obvisouly don't take the time to actually read the story above do you because you are on the wrong comment page, you complain about people not knowing how to spell on here you need to pay closer attention and learn to read on here
  • by Anonymous on Feb 18, 2008 at 03:19 PM
    ED AYNES that was a cool comment
  • by ED Location: Denison on Feb 18, 2008 at 12:08 PM
    I have never read nor Taken the time to read these comments by people that cannot spell or write properly. It is amazing that they spend more time on the computer than they do cleaning up their yard or helping some elderly person clean up theirs. I was raised poor but was always clean and maintained my property. I wish Pottsboro the best and (KNOW) they are trying to clean up their City.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 17, 2008 at 04:09 PM
    when golden rule school gets out at 3:30 there is never I mean never a cop I also see cars speeding.cops really dont care
  • by Anonymous on Feb 17, 2008 at 12:42 PM
    THIS story is not about two little is about a little boy
  • by Where's the cops? Location: Hyde Park Area on Feb 16, 2008 at 01:00 PM
    There are constantly speeders on Loy Lake and Park Streets in Denison. Rarely will you see a patrolling officer on this side of town. And I see at least 5 speeders every day I pick up my son on the road that runs just east of Hyde Park, between 3 and 3:20pm (while lights flashing signifying speed limit is 20mph). Never see a cop there until after 3:30, and that's maybe once per week. Also maybe once per week there's a crosswalk guard, but that's just one of many children have to cross in this area. Loy Lake desperately need one of those speeding cameras, before, NOT AFTER a child dies!!!
  • by upset parent Location: denison on Feb 16, 2008 at 12:35 AM
    maybe the school officials will look at this accident and find the money to put an extra bus or two on so that this never happens again. there are ways to cut spending enough to fund more buses. just think this could have been some drunk or drug addict driving really fast and ran thru a whole group of kids. why doesn't some of the non working parents get to gather and form a group that maybe one person each day could be like a watch parent and see that the kids stay out of the road and that they get to school safely. but then there would have to be a billion dollar study at the school to see if they could find the money for extra buses or raise the taxes.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 15, 2008 at 04:47 PM
    I remember laurie and donna how sad that was
  • by me too Location: denison on Feb 15, 2008 at 02:41 PM
    Anonymous, Laurie and Donna were two elementary school kids. Donna lived in Sherman and Laurie in Denison. She went to the same grade school I did at the same time. In Sept 1968, Donna,who was 6 at the time,was kidnapped,raped and murdered and her body dumped in what is now Gallagher Road in Sherman. In the Spring of 1969,Laurie was also abducted,raped and murdered and her body was dumped around Randell Lake in Denison. The killer,Charles Easley,is still in prison and periodically comes up for parole. I make sure I sign the petition that keeps him there. This animal and others like him dont deserve to be among us. These deaths profoundly affected my friends and I and I hope people continue to remmebr them.
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