Child hit while walking to school bus stop in north Tulsa

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Reported by: Janai Norman
Updated: 1/22 5:24 pm Published: 1/22 4:26 pm

Tulsa police say 9-year-old Ethan Lewis was hit by a car in north Tulsa on Wednesday morning.

Lewis was walking to a bus stop when he was hit.

It's an area with no sidewalks, no street lights and at 7 a.m. when this accident happened, it was still dark out.

Ethan's two siblings told police they walk this way to the bus stop every morning.

“This is very sad situation, but I've seen so many close calls it was just a matter of time,” said Jennifer King, she lives in the area.

King lives on the other side of Highway 75 from where 9-year-old Ethan Lewis was hit by a car.

Police said the driver does not appear to have done anything wrong, but it was dark and by the time she saw Lewis, it was too late.

“It's dark, there are no lights, anyone walking up and down that street can get hit if they're walking on the wrong side of the street,” said King.

“I faced a situation where a lady got killed on Mohawk,” said City Councilor Jack Henderson.

The area is in his district and he said it needs improving.

“I'm going to find out where are we on getting lights on Mohawk and where are we on getting sidewalks, so the kids don't have to walk in the street. I would not want my kids walking up and down that area, especially early in the morning. Why would you put a bus stop out there where there's no lights, no sidewalks, no nothing?” questioned Henderson.

FOX23 went to the Tulsa Public School's Education Center looking for answers.

Chris Payne told FOX23 it was a matter of the district simply not knowing.

“I don't know why we were unaware of this particular situation. We're going to look at adding another bus stop that prevents kids having to walk on that stretch that doesn't have sidewalks, especially after the tragic accident today,” said Payne.

Henderson said right now he's trying to raise awareness about the problems. He said he plans to get the issue of safety upgrades to the area put on next week's council agenda.

Payne said district officials went out Wednesday looking for another location for a bus stop that is safer for students.

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Mayor Maynot - 1/23/2014 9:32 AM
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Unwashed Mass - 1/22/2014 11:28 PM
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Sidewalks would be more effective than streetlights, given the number of recent pedestrian deaths that have occurred recently on lighted streets.
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