SUV barrels through crosswalk, narrowly misses crossing guard and student
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- It's the law to stop at a school crossing but on Friday morning, one driver did not.
It wasn’t the first time an accident, or almost accident, has happened at the intersection of East High and Hazel streets, and crossing guard Kevin Cox said that without city intervention, it wouldn’t be the last.
"It was really a kind of terrifying incident to see such blatant disregard for me, for the crosswalk, for the student. He had way plenty of time to stop, he wouldn't stop. He glared at me defiantly and drove right through the crosswalk with me in and the child on the edge of the sidewalk,” he said.
He said he tried to get the SUV to stop at the intersection to allow a student to cross, but that didn't happen.
"He came back, and typically, he rolled down the window, gave me the finger, cussed at me. And, as I approached him, he ran away," Cox said.
This situation wasn’t new for Cox.
In another Friday incident, a school bus was picking up a student with its lights flashing to stop traffic when a car sped past.
In October, Cox said a car purposefully pulled onto the sidewalk and hit a cyclist.
Cox said he's met with city officials many times. They moved a Charlottesville Area Transit bus stop down the road and promised him a sidewalk.
But when it's about traffic, he said he always gets the same answer.
"It's we don't have any money, we don't have enough people. And I'm sorry, I know those are big problems, but it too often sounds like an excuse," Cox said.