WICHITA, Kan. -- A Southeast High School student remains in critical but stable condition after being hit by an SUV near the school late Thursday morning.
It happened around 11:40 a.m. Thursday just outside Southeast High School at Bayley and Edgemoor, south of Lincoln.
Police say a 15-year-old boy was crossing the street, but not using a crosswalk, when he was hit by a southbound SUV. The Southeast freshman was taken to Wesley Medical Center in critical condition with internal chest injuries. Police said Friday that the boy is expected to survive.
A witness who was in a vehicle behind the SUV said she saw two boys come running out of the school. She said one of them stopped at the curb while the other continued into the street.
"I was thinking, 'Boys you better ...' and I don't think I even said 'stop' in my mind before the one jumped right in front of the SUV," Robin McAdoo said.
She says she heard the impact and knew it wasn't good.
"I went to the boy and held his hand until the EMT people could get there," McAdoo said.
The driver of the SUV, a 37-year-old man, did stop. There was also a 26-year-old woman and two 17-year-old boys in the car. None of them were injured. The driver of the SUV had just picked up the kids for lunch when the accident occurred.
No charges are expected to be filed.
"There was no time for a reaction from the driver," McAdoo said. "I was right behind him."
Drivers, students, and police say there have been problems in the past with Southeast students not using the crosswalk.
"The kids don't want to use the crosswalk 'cause they've got to wait an extra couple seconds for (the light) to change and they don't want to wait," Sgt. Bruce Watts said. "I knew it was only a matter of time before an accident like this happened."
The school has had assemblies on using the crosswalks, a school district spokeswoman said.
Captain Brent Allred said Thursday's accident could have been avoided had the teen used the crosswalk.
KAKE News returned to Southeast High School Friday morning and watched students leave the campus for lunch. At least 11 students did not use the crosswalk even though they had seen the aftermath of the accident just 24 hours before.
But a lot of students did make the decision to cross the street safely. Many of those students told KAKE News that's because Thursday's accident got their attention.
"I'm using the crosswalk after what happened yesterday," Kendrick Chaney said.
"You see I'm using it today," Sheridan Benson said. "It's tragic you know, it could have been any of us. I think I think a lot of people will start using the crosswalk today."