The Journal Gazette
Thursday, December 16, 2021 10:28 am

Boy suffers life-threatening injuries in East State Boulevard crash

FWCS offers therapists, counselors to Blackhawk students, staff

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Additional therapists and counselors were available Thursday to students and staff who witnessed the severe traffic crash involving a Fort Wayne Community Schools student struck by a pickup truck while walking to school before sunrise, the district said.

"If they are needed tomorrow, they'll be available then, too," district spokeswoman Krista Stockman said.

The collision happened about 7:15 a.m. near the intersection of State Boulevard and Arrowwood/Busche Drive, which is just west of Blackhawk Middle School.

The boy was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, Fort Wayne police said.

Initial reports indicated the pickup truck was traveling east on State Boulevard as another car turned in front of it off a side street, police said.

A school crossing guard was trying to walk into the road to stop vehicular traffic as the vehicles approached the intersection with Arrowwood/Busche Drive. The pickup truck driver reportedly told police the car in front of him continued past the intersection as his vision was obstructed, and he was unable to see the crossing guard and the child who had entered the road.

"Several students and staff members witnessed the accident, which was severe," Principal Zachary Harl said in a letter to Blackhawk families.

Additional FWCS therapists and Bowen Center counselors were available to those shaken up by the collision.

"If your child needs any assistance, please reach out to us and let us know," Harl said, instructing parents to call the school office.

About 800 students in grades six through eight attend Blackhawk.

Police said the pickup truck driver stayed at the scene and was cooperating with investigators.

"Officers with the Fort Wayne Police Department have been monitoring and enforcing school crosswalks in an attempt to slow traffic and ensure that students get to and from school safely," police said.

Allen County has had at least six pedestrian fatalities this year, including five since August.

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