MOUNT OLIVER (KDKA) — Steve Kremer says what happened at the intersection of Ormsby Street and Hays Avenue in Mount Oliver would’ve never happened if there would’ve been a crossing guard there.
It was around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday when his 8-year-old son, who goes to Pittsburgh Concord K-5, was hit by a car while trying to catch the school bus.
“He was crossing the street; he thought all the cars had gone. Apparently, this car was turning, didn’t see him. He didn’t see it. The guy hit him,’ said Kremer. “The guy stopped, asked if he was okay, and then left.”
The 8-year-old has deep bruising on his foot from the accident.
His dad wants to know why his tax money for Pittsburgh Public Schools doesn’t pay for a crossing guard to protect his son and the dozens of other kids that catch their school bus at the busy intersection daily.
“The school district says its Mount Oliver’s problem,” Kremer said. “Mount Oliver doesn’t have the resources to have a crossing guard, so why can’t the city put a crossing guard there.”
Pittsburgh Public Schools spokeswoman Ebony Pugh said the district doesn’t provide any crossing guards, but rather, Pittsburgh Police does.
Since Mount Oliver has its own police force, that responsibility would be on them.
Mount Oliver Police say their much smaller department doesn’t have crossing guards.
And, like Kremer, they wonder why the city school tax and wage taxes that residents pay doesn’t allot for a much needed guard in Mount Oliver.
The driver who hit the 8-year-old has been cited for leaving the scene of an accident.
The child has been released from the hospital.