'Immediate Changes' Implemented after 2 Students Hit by Vehicles Outside Wayzata H.S.

October 09, 2018 06:43 PM

For the second time in a month, a Wayzata High School student has been hit by a car right outside the school.

In both cases, it was a runner crossing the street. 


Both teens survived, but one suffered severe injuries.

The first crash happened on Sept. 7, just a few days after school started when a 14-year-old runner was hit by a 17-year-old driver outside the school. The victim was airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries. 

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A month and a day later, another runner was struck, this time by an adult sitting at an intersection waiting to leave the high school parking lot.

"At low speeds as they started, the runner stepped off the curb in front of the car," said Plymouth Police Deputy Chief Erik Fadden.

With two pedestrian accidents during the first month of school, police and the high school told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS they will not wait to make changes.

"Our officers that are assigned to the school here met with school officials this morning right away and implemented some immediate changes," Fadden added.

Runners and other sports teams are now being asked to avoid the intersection of Schmidt Lake Road and Peony Lane.

Police plan to patrol the area more to let drivers know they're around, and watching for violations. And, they're asking everyone coming and going to pay attention.

"We definitely, whether on the fields for lacrosse or playing on the Elm Creek fields, we do have to be careful, we watch traffic a lot," said parent Daniel Neitz.

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While student-athletes are being asked to avoid the area, some students like Luke Eichten cross here daily walking to and from school.

"You have to be careful with cars going in and out every day. Got to make sure lights are good to go when you go, and you're looking both ways before you leave," Eichten said.

Police say both of these crashes are still under investigation, so it's not yet clear who was at fault, and if any charges could be coming.


Jessica Miles

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