Mother of girl hit by car in Pekin does not place blame

By Katherine Tellez

April 30, 2014 Updated May 1, 2014 at 12:29 PM CDT

PEKIN, Ill. -- One day after 15-year-old Rachel Meyers was hit at a Pekin crosswalk near the high school, cars continue to blow through the red light.

You would never know Rachel was hit by a car, until she pulls back her hair and shows you the big bump on her head.

Her mother Nicole says she doesn't blame the driver, but the lack of awareness about that type of crosswalk signal.

After reading Facebook comments and talking to other people she realized how many people don't understand the rules of the five sequence light.

Nicole says the focus shouldn't be on placing blame but rather educating people on exactly how it works.

"They can't put anymore cops there than they already do, people run it even with the cops there," she said. "It's got to be public awareness, it has to be people understanding the rules, and that's both drivers and the students -- everyday citizens who use that crosswalk need to understand the procedure of how it works."

Nicole says she hopes the accident will bring awareness to other potentially problematic areas of town students use to walk home.

She says there is not currently a crosswalk on Court Street for the kids to use, and many students leaving the high school just wait until it's clear and run across.

But ultimately, she's just glad her daughter is okay because she knows it could have been a lot worse.

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