15-year-old hit by car in front of school expected to recover

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A 15-year-old was hit by a car near Craigmont High School on Friday morning.

Memphis Police Department said the teen was taken to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in non-critical condition. The teen's uncle Mario Walker said she had a broken leg but should be OK.

The driver that hit the teen stayed on scene.

The crash happened before 7:30 near the intersection of Covington Pike and Craigmont Drive.

"I told her it's going to be OK," Walker said. "She was scared."

Walker, who works in the medical field, drove across town to provide support.

"From what I hear they said a lot of cars speed, but I don't know for sure if that driver was speeding or not, I don't know," Walker said.

Walker said he was able to comfort his niece before she was taken away in an ambulance. He wants drivers to slow down, especially in school zones.

Memphis police said that drivers should always use caution in high traffic areas.

It's a dangerous reminder for both pedestrians and drivers to follow the law and look out for each other.

"Be vigilant and watch out for the kids," Walker said.

MPD said the crash should be a reminder to drivers to be extra cautious in school zones; it should also be a reminder to students to always cross in a crosswalk and look both directions before walking.

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