HARRIS COUNTY, Texas—A deputy with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office struck a 15-year-old pedestrian on the east side of Spring early Wednesday, officials said.
The incident was reported around 6:20 a.m. in the 2300 block of Spring Creek Drive. There are no sidewalks or street lights and the deputy didn’t see the teen until it was too late.
"He slammed on his brakes. Like, I could hear him skidding down the street," said Trew Davidson, who lives nearby.
The teen hit the deputy’s windshield before being thrown several feet.
"The cop car was parked just before the street and the kid was over there next to the trees so he flew a pretty good distance," Davidson said.
A Life Flight spokesman said the boy suffered injuries to his face, neck, and right arm. He was flown to Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute with non-life threatening injuries.
Authorities at the scene said the victim and other students from a nearby group home were walking to a Spring I.S.D. bus stop when he was struck. They were wearing dark-colored clothing and it was dark outside, according to HCSO. The other students were not injured.
Investigators said the deputy patrols the area often and was even driving in the middle of the road because he knows there are no sidewalks for pedestrians.
"We do not walk to school, we take the bus or we drive. It’s not a safe walk," said Heather Gillespie, a resident.
Residents want changes before someone else gets hurt.
"There are a lot of problems. We’re trying to figure out what to do with the sidewalk thing cause of all the kids," said Becca Holden.
Spring Creek Drive was blocked in both directions after the accident.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Division is investigating.