MORA, Minn. (WCCO) — A 6-year-old Mora boy remains in serious condition after being hit by a car while waiting for the school bus.
The accident happened around 7:45 a.m. this morning.
Neighbors say Zane Joiner was trying to cross Ninth Street when a car hit him causing broken bones and other injuries.
“I was sitting in the house and my kids ran in saying my son’s friend Zane had been hit by a car on the way to the school bus,” said Cynthia Randall.
A young girl said she saw the crash while sitting on the school bus.
“I saw him walking out to the bus and this car came out of nowhere and hit him. His face was full of blood and he wasn’t moving,” said 15-year-old Andrea Munich.
Witnesses say the bus was heading west and had parked with its lights flashing. Joiner started to cross the road and that’s when the car hit him. Pink markings left by investigators show where the accident occurred.
Instead of joining his fellow first graders at Fairview Elementary Wednesday, Joiner was airlifted to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale and remains in serious condition.
Among his injuries are a fractured skull and eye socket, injuries neighbors say could have been avoided.
“I wish was surprised. That’s a sad thing to think. People drive on that road like it’s a highway,” said neighbor Gayle Saxum.
Saxum and other neighbors say drivers go too fast in the morning, but they would also like to see the school bus pick up kids on the other side of the road — so they don’t have to cross a busy street.
“There is a solution to this problem. Just come through here to this side and the kids won’t be in danger of being hit,” said Saxum.
The Kanabec County Sheriff’s Department says the accident is still under investigation and they won’t comment on whether or not the man driving the car was at fault, or if charges are expected.