• Neighbors say crosswalk where teens were hit by car isn't safe

    By: Michael Seiden

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    COBB COUNTY, Ga. - Cobb County Department of Transportation is looking into safety concerns along a busy road after a driver hit two teenagers in a crosswalk over the weekend.

    The Wheeler High School students were carrying gym equipment across Holt Road Saturday night when police say 73-year-old Nancy Valentine slammed into them. Both boys were seriously injured and taken to a hospital. 

    Channel 2's Michael Seiden has learned one of the teens has since been released and is recovering at home. The other teen, a 17-year-old who is a point guard on the varsity basketball team, is still in the hospital.

    At this point, no charges have been filed against the driver, but police are still investigating


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    The Department of Transportation is considering adding a crosswalk where the accident happened.

    "It was a real tragic situation this weekend. We hope the victims recover as best as possible. This situation with Holt Road has been ongoing for awhile," said Cobb County spokesman Ross Cavitt. 

    Within the next couple of days, DOT will start installing cameras at this busy crosswalk so they can study the pedestrian patterns.

    “The goal is to eventually put something in between the high school and the middle school. Flashing lights. Some signs to help pedestrians cross more easily," Cavitt said.

    On Monday, friends and family of the victims told us one of the teens is out of the hospital and recovering at home. The other, a point guard on the varsity basketball team, remains in critical condition.

    Seiden caught up with one of his teammates who had just returned from visiting him in the hospital.

    “His leg is broke. He can’t feel his hands and stuff," Xavier Smith said.

     

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