In spite of his untimely death, that boy was lucky to have you there after such a horrific experience and it was wonderful that you protected him from getting hit again. I, too, wish drivers would understand the importance of paying better attention at crosswalks and drive cautiously near schools and neighborhoods. I don't understand why they seem to be in such a hurry and why the statistics don't seem to encourage people to be more careful.
I think the darkness in this case was their biggest detriment and I've never understood why schools expect students to risk their lives commuting in darkness rather than choosing hours that would keep them not only safer, but better align their hours with those of working parents.
I'd love to see more education and signage regarding crosswalks and safer school hours that keep our kids out of dark, dangerous environments where such tragedies could've been avoided. Aren't our children worth such a simple fix?
I worry every day for my teenager who walks to school in darkness and comes home with stories of all the crazy drivers who nearly hit him. Suffice to say, my son now has very little respect for drivers and even watches me like a hawk when I drive him anywhere.