Houston High School Student Critically Injured in Pedestrian Accident
October 2nd, 2012
Charmine James was struck and critically injured yesterday as she and a friend made their way home from Hastings High School in the Alief school district of southwest Houston. She and a friend were attempting to cross the street when the accident happened. They got halfway across Bellaire Blvd. close to Cook when her friend stopped at the median, and sadly Charmine misjudged the speed of the Metro bus and was struck while trying to cross its path.
According to witnesses and investigators, Charmine was not crossing Bellaire Blvd. at a crosswalk. The speed the bus was traveling at the time of impact is also unknown. Investigators are working with witnesses to get more details about the circumstances surrounding the accident.
Charmine is a seventeen-year-old senior at Hastings High School. She was rushed to Memorial Hermann Hospital and is still in intensive care. She sustained severe injuries from the bus accident, and has had several surgeries as doctors attempt to save her leg from amputation.
Witnesses say that her leg was torn apart all the way down her leg to her ankle, and that visible compound fractures were apparent. Her mother was able to see her before she began a series of surgeries, but Charmine was unresponsive at this time. She remains in critical condition today at Memorial Hermann Hospital.
Pedestrian accidents in Houston are not uncommon. With so many commuters and insufficient pedestrian lanes, pedestrian injuries from automobiles are prominent here. The city of Houston needs to create safer lanes for pedestrians, including more crosswalks.
This is especially true in areas surrounding schools. Charmine and her friend were trying to catch a bus to take them home, since the walk would be too long. This is because the Alief School District doesn’t assign high school students within their boundaries a school based on geographic proximity. They assign schools using a lottery system, to decrease the likelihood of gang activity and secular groups.
Parents need to remind children of road and pedestrian safety. They should be taught to walk bicycles across roads rather than riding them, and to always use designated pedestrian crossing zones. This accident is unfortunate, but it serves as a sad reminder of how dangerous pedestrian commuting can be if rules are not followed. We wish Charmine James a full and speedy recovery, and our prayers are with her and her family.
Paul Cannon has practiced personal injury trial law since 1995. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2005. He has earned recognition as a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters in 2017-2019, and as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association in 2017. He is a Shareholder, trial lawyer and online marketing manager at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. His legal writings have been published by the Texas Bar Journal, Business.com, Lawyer.com HG Legal Resources, Lawfirms.com, and others. He has been asked to give educational talks and media interviews regarding personal injury law issues..