Students Walking to Bus Stop Hit by Car

SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP -- Three teens were taken to the hospital Tuesday morning after they were hit by a car on their way to a bus stop in Monroe County.

State police say the boys who were hit have leg injuries but are expected to be OK.

Parents say they are concerned about all the traffic that moves in and out of the area where students are picked up.

The boys were hit by a car while walking to a bus stop at the entrance of Milford Commons, a development near East Stroudsburg.

It happened just after 7 a.m., while the boys were walking down Commons Court.

"She didn't even see them. Irregardless of that though, these kids, like I said, have to walk back from the community, all the way to the top here where it's congested so badly. You're lucky kids didn't get killed," said Laura Conte.

Troopers say the driver, Isabella Tejada, 22, told them she couldn't see because of the rain and fog.

Conte says her son is a student in the East Stroudsburg Area School District and uses this bus stop each morning.

"When you come off of Milford Road and you make this turn in here, I can't tell you how many cars come flying through here. Irregardless of red flashing lights, irregardless of buses, they don't stop."

In a statement, officials with the school district said, "Today's accident occurred while students were walking to the bus stop. The school district does not exercise any authority or control over vehicle traffic at or around any established bus stops, but reports any unsafe or illegal actions to the Pennsylvania State Police."

Other parents hope drivers are more cautious, so something like this doesn't happen again.

"You have the cars that are zooming around you and my grandson will say, 'Grandma, move over. They are going to hit you.' These cars don't care," Barbara Williams said.

State police have not said if the woman who hit the boys will be charged.

22 comments

  • Random internet user

    Relative to the time of crash, when was her last text message, Facebook post, etc… on her cell phone? When was her last phone call, prior to the crash, along with its duration?

  • Russ

    Don’t know what happened in this one, I wasn’t there, so I won’t speculate. But here is what I do see on the road that could lead to situations like this — Drivers that drive too fast for conditions and are unable to control or stop their vehicle within a very short distance. Pedestrians that constantly wear dark clothing while walking on the berm of road during darkness or poor visibility(not too smart). Young groups of teen & 20-something pedestrians that walk side-by-side on road berms sometimes partially in the lane with the typical “I’m invincible” mentality (it’s cool to have no fear I guess??)

  • urbanaudreye

    “Irregardless” is not a real word. I don’t care if that’s what was spoken. Whomever allowed that to be print needs to go back to school.

    That said, if you know it’s time for kids to be on their way to school, and you’re having visibility issues already, is it so much to ask to be a little more cautious?

  • The Person

    Can you please stop the anti-driver hit pieces? First of all, the person interviewed cannot make up words, which are not in the English language to use. If the person cannot compose a sentence, what type of points can be made? Everyone is NOT driving at an excessive speed, and they are surely not all illegally passing school buses. This is illogical to say, and WNEP should not include it in a story, as that makes you look silly. These problems are in the extreme minority, and things like visual speed estimation do not work at all. For all we know, the kids could have been at-fault? The police report did not come out yet. WNEP should do a story about why PA speed limits are not posted at the 85th percentile free-flowing traffic speed, as is supposed to happen.

    If you want real facts on driving issues, pull up the National Motorists Association.

  • Dale Jennings

    I just saw were three teens were hit by a car. I am fire police officer for a local fire company in northeast Pennsylvania and our company goes on way to many car has well has truck accidents many of them with fatalities. something has to be done. The speed, cellphones,texting. What is to blame. Would it be worth putting on more State police just for the task of giving out traffic tickets for speeding,talking or texting on a cell phone wearing seat belts don’t forget drinking and driving ,and cutting off tractor trailers. And I am sure that I missed some. And Put the fines high enough too support this.

      • don't blab and drive

        You have a point there all the time I see people of all ages driving and holding that phone to their face and it’s not once in awhile it’s constant. If I even have to answer it it’s in my lap or on speaker and I only answer it if it’s but one of 3 family members wherein it could be an emergency.

    • Cowboy

      It would be nice if Governor wolf could do something about it but he is to busy putting a new TAX out. $5.00 for every vehicle that you own. He wants to fix a building not save lives. That money would update the fire, police departments. Save a building not a life.

    • The Person

      Your typing is incoherent and hard to follow. Also, speed causes 1.6% of crashes. What you should do is push 85th percentile speed limits, as that makes sense.

  • An observer

    It truly is a tragic error of judgment . The fog and the pouring rain should have given warning to slow down,but even then visibility is compromised. It is a horrible accident and my heart goes out to all involved. I hope the children get well soon.

  • Cowboy

    She should pay the bills that the parents get from the hospital or doctors also go to driving school. Speed limit might be 35mph, but in rain slow the he’ll down, you can’t see as good.

      • Miss Boyle Fifth Grade English

        Irregardless was popularized in dialectal American speech in the early 20th century. Its increasingly widespread spoken use called it to the attention of usage commentators as early as 1927. The most frequently repeated remark about it is that “there is no such word.” There is such a word, however. It is still used primarily in speech, although it can be found from time to time in edited prose. Its reputation has not risen over the years, and it is still a long way from general acceptance. Use regardless instead.

    • 🤤

      Jersey drivers are the worst!!! And it’s crazy cause they all drive like that! Going 80 mph and cars are almost bumper to pumper like we’re only going 10 or 15 mph.

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