HOUSTON – Police ticketed an 11-year-old Texas City boy who was hit by a car last week as he walked to school.
Noah Popovich was walking to school with two friends when a car sideswiped him.
“The bumper hit my leg,” said Popovich. “The mirror hit my shoulder. I spun and I landed on my right wrist.”
Noah went to school that morning and didn’t tell his mom about the accident until he got home.
“She hit him, asked if he was ok and drove off,” said Ashley Faulks, Noah’s mother. “I couldn’t believe it, I was devastated.”
Noah’s friend recognized the driver and Faulks was able to track down the 18-year-old.
Texas City Police gave that driver a ticket for an invalid license, not for the accident.
“We felt she met the requirements of stopping,” said Brian Goetschius, a captain with the Texas City Police Department. “The child apparently got right up and said, ‘I’m OK.’”
Popovich got a ticket because the law says when there’s no sidewalk, you have to walk facing traffic. Noah admited he wasn’t doing that. He didn’t know the law, but he’s questioning the ticket.
“I got hit,” said Popovich. “I got a ticket and my friends didn’t get a ticket.”
“The law is the law when it comes to my son,” said Faulks. “He got a ticket, but the other two children—who did not get a ticket? How is that fair? ”
“There was one child involved with the car, with the driver of the car, so that’s what we investigate,” said Goetschius.
Goetschius said there’s a bigger lesson here.
“If you have to get in the roadway, walk facing traffic, where you can see them and they can see you. Halloween’s coming. It’s a perfect time to stress to your child to walk facing traffic.”
Popovich’s mother said her son hurt his arm and side and that he’ll need to see an orthopedic surgeon. She is also considering a civil suit against the driver.