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.