Mother, daughter almost hit in school zone

Mother, daughter almost hit in school zone

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - An Odessa mom is looking for a new way to get her daughter to school after almost being hit by a truck in a school zone.

Ceretha Cartwright lives just down the block from Blanton Elementary, but she says after almost being run over, she will not be walking her daughter to school anymore.

"I will probably start driving her to school," said Cartwright.

On Monday morning while Cartwright was crossing the street with her six year old, a truck came speeding down the road.

"We are about halfway and I see a truck coming really fast. He doesn't look like he's going to stop," said Cartwright.

He didn't stop. The mother and daughter had to stop in the middle of the street to keep from being hit.

"I do think there needs to be more cops patrolling the area because every other day there's a car speeding," said Cartwright.

When the incident happened Monday morning, Cartwright posted to Facebook to warn other families about the issue. The post quickly almost 300 likes.
Some even chimed in saying that they've had similar problems with drivers not following the law in school zones throughout the city.

"Unfortunately, people speed through school zones and ignore crossing guards nearly every day, and it creates a dangerous situation for our students, parents and the guards. Our E.C.I.S.D. police work together with the Odessa Police Department to patrol as many of the school zones as possible so if anyone sees this happening, we ask them to call us at E.C.I.S.D., the E.C.I.S.D. police or OPD and report it," said Mike Adkins, Public Information Officer for the E.C.I.S.D.

As for Cartwright, she has a simple request for drivers riding through a school zone.

"Pay attention. Pay attention. No texting and driving. There are kids out here that could really get hurt," said Cartwright.

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