A 12-year-old boy was taken to an Omaha hospital with a broken leg Wednesday morning after he was struck by a Honda CRV at an intersection.
Dakota Hamm, a Ralston student, was being treated at Creighton University Medical Center. He was struck about 6:50 a.m. at 96th Street and Mockingbird Drive.
According to Omaha police, Linda Shepard, 60, of Omaha, was traveling north on 96th Street. Other vehicles traveling in the same direction blocked her view to the west as she approached a green light at Mockingbird Drive. Dakota was crossing 96th Street, walking west to east, at the same time and was stuck by Shepard's Honda.
Mark Adler, superintendent of the Ralston Public Schools, said Hamm is a seventh-grader at Ralston Middle School, 8202 Lakeview Street in Ralston.
Adler said he did not know whether Dakota was walking to school at the time. Dakota's home is close to the corner where the accident occurred, but blocks from the middle school.
Nonetheless, the superintendent said he plans to send an email to parents today through the district's communication system reminding everyone "just how important it is for drivers to be patient and cautious around our schools and for our kids to be patient and cautious when they're crossing streets and when they're going to and from school."
The district has safety procedures in place, including crossing guards at key locations, but the start of school means returning to the school routine. Ralston started back to school Tuesday, but today is the first day with all students back in the buildings.
"Patience around schools is essential to make sure we have our kids safe," he said.