A mom saved her son while crossing the street and in so doing, gave us all an important reminder of just how easily such accidents can happen. Marcela Meadows was walking her 7-year-old son to the bus stop earlier this month just like she does every morning the boy has school. Only this particular morning would be unlike any other.
Meadows was forced to think quickly when a motorist failed to yield as he turned into the path the mom and son were using to cross the street. Fortunately, Meadows was up to the task.
She pushed her son out of the way of the vehicle, but in so doing, left herself vulnerable. Meadows was hit by the car and suffered facial, back and neck injuries. Thankfully, none of them are life threatening.
The situation, however, was just that. What’s more, it can happen to any person at any crosswalk in any town. Thankfully, Meadows had her head on a swivel. Her brave reaction likely saved her son’s life.
The story, however, has a thread of tragic irony to it. The motorist, Shan Mack, 39, was recently on the other side of this type of accident. His son, Shaun, was struck by a motorist last September. The 8-year-old boy was playing other kids in a Pop-Warner program when he ran into the street and was struck by a blue Ford Explorer.
Sadly, Shaun died at the hospital from his injuries.
Mack was cited with careless driving and failure to yield to a pedestrian. And while it’s terrible for him to have had such a lapse, I can’t help but think he’s not only beating himself up over the blunder, but also reliving every parents’ nightmare of losing a child.
The entire ordeal could have been much worse, though, had Meadows not been so quick to act in saving her son’s life. The situation is obviously a scary one. And traffic accidents of this nature happen more often than you might think.
I learned of the story via a post on The Stir and the author, Jeanne Sanger, provided some scary statistics courtesy of the CDC:
A national Safe Kids Campaign survey found 2/3 of drivers exceeded the posted speed limit in school zones during the 30-minute period before and after school. (National Safe Kids Campaign, 2002)
A national observational survey found that many motorists at intersections in school zones and residential neighborhoods violated stop signs (pedestrian injury fact sheet, 2004): 45% by not coming to a complete stop, 37% by rolling through, 7% by not even slowing down.
The moral of the story is that we all need to be incredibly aware. Not just when we’re behind the wheel, but also when we’re crossing the street.