Two students of Arch Bishop McCarthy High School were struck by a Toyota Corolla traveling in reverse from a road-way onto a school sidewalk. A third student who was standing with the victims saw the Toyota approaching and was able to escape the impact. The second struck victim was treated at Memorial Hospital West for what was alleged to be a minor hand injury. It was reported that the person operating the vehicle that struck the victims in this tragic accident was at the school that day to pick up two grandchildren. This incident is the second tragic accident to have be struck the Arch Bishop McCarthy community in a month, after the death of another young student who died in an early morning car crash on Miramar Parkway.
This accident is still under investigation, but leads the call for significant concern for the safe operation of cars in and around school properties. The victim, Palida Pongpluempitichai, was found bleeding on the pavement at the school with her leg severed from the impact. The victim claimed that she did not see the car coming before it hit her – before striking a concrete post, according to the Broward Sherriff’s office.
Rescue workers may have been hampered to arrive as quickly as possible despite numerous calls to 911. Remarkably, a lot of the people on the scene could not describe the location of the incident at the school. Not only is this a very unfortunate incident for these victims and their families, but it also addresses the need for improved vehicle safety on school campuses as well as questioning the functioning of the Broward County, Florida’s “911” systems.
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