Hillside HS student recovering, Durham to re-evaluate intersection

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Some parents say an intersection in Durham where a 14-year-old female Hillside High School student was hit Tuesday morning is dangerous and a problem.

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The accident was reported at 7:18 a.m. Tuesday, just before the start of school.

Authorities said Jordyn Davis, a student at Hillside High School, was hit by a vehicle in the 3700 block of Fayetteville Street.

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Police said Davis was taken to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The driver, Kitty Stovall, 34, of Durham, was not injured.

Investigators said Davis was in a crosswalk but was crossing against the light.

Authorities said no charges are expected to be filed against Stovall at this time.

City officials said Tuesday that the city will re-evaluate the timing of the light and walk sign at the intersection of Fayetteville Street and Cook Road following Tuesday’s accident. The city has had no complaints about the intersection in the past.

But Tina Underwood Dewitt says she was counting down the days to another accident. Dewitt tells WNCN her daughter, a freshman, was hit by a car in front of the school just a few months ago.

“She just called me, she said mamma another person got hit by a car,” Dewitt said. “I said see, she’s not the only one.”
A witness, the owner of a nearby gas station, told WNCN he heard the accident and ran over to help.

“When I ran, I saw the girl bleeding from her head. I called 911. This is very heartbreaking when I see that kid. I don’t know if she was coming to my store or coming to class but it’s very pathetic. I saw this girl suffer this morning,” said Akim Suruz.

Suruz said he sees kids running across the street every day.

“This is very dangerous. We see every day when the kids come, sometimes they run, the cars do not slow down,” Suruz said. “There is no speed limit in here; there is no sign for the school kids; nothing and I’m really seriously concerned.”

Dewitt says the problem is the crosswalk. When you push the button and the light changes, there isn’t enough time to get all the way across the street to the high school, she said.

“They need to check these lights because these lights are changing too quickly,” said Dewitt. “You really gotta be careful because you are in a school zone. They need to pay attention to the students walking across the street and check these lights,” she added.

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