17-year-old Gretchen Rennirt, a student at Valley High School,suffered life-threatening injuries after she was struck while trying to cross Dixie Highway.
A nursing supervisor at University Hospital said Gretchen Rennirt was in stable condition, but a relative says she was "beat up extensively" and has been placed in a medically induced coma. Rennirt suffered broken ribs, a broken pelvis and had swelling in her brain after she was struck by a minivan near Valley High School early Aug. 29.
Students frequently cross that section of Dixie Highway in the mornings because they often get off the bus and head for nearby convenience stores for snacks and drinks before school. Rennirt had reportedly just left a nearby Walgreens and was crossing the street when she was struck.
Some students say a crossing guard would be in the best interest of the school and the safety of the students.
Valley's principal Gary Hury said there's no crossing guard there "and I'm not sure how the district would allocate [a guard]. You obviously can't have a crossing guard at every crosswalk throughout JCPS but that needs to be investigated and considered."
Rennirt remained in a medically induced coma early Thursday.
The GOALs OF THIS PETITION ARE AS FOLLOWS:
1. Get a Pedway built (if not then the rest will be a great help)
2. Make it safer for students as well as everybody to cross Dixie Highway.
3. Have a School Crossing Officer in place at the intersection before and after school.
4. Make sure the intersection is CLEARLY marked for the Crosswalk
5. Get support from Valley High Staff, JCPS, LMPD and TARC
6. Change the speed between Ashby Lane to Alanadale (Valley Downs) to 35 instead of the 40MPH that ii is currently.
THE WHOLE COMMUNITY SHOULD BE BEHIND THIS WHETHER YOU ARE FOR THE PEDWAY OR NOT.
How many lives have you seen taken on this road in the last 30-40 years? 1 accident or death is too many. The time to make a change is now. Join me in taking a stand to better or community and help save lives. Please sign and share this petition with all your loved ones and in Gretchen’s Honor.
IT IS TIME THAT WE ALL BAN TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE SOMETHING GETS DONE OUT HERE IN THE AREA OF SAFETY ALONG DIXIE HIGHWAY AND STOP THE NICKNAME "DIXIE DIEWAY"!!!!!!!!!!
For a discussion on this please visit http://www.facebook.com/groups/safezonevalleyhigh/
Thank you for your time and may Gretchen Rennirt and her family know that the entire community’s thoughts and prayers are with them.