By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Cheyenne school officials are working with the city and law enforcement agencies to address incidents of students being struck by vehicles in recent days.
Laramie County School District No. 1 Superintendent Dr. Margaret Crespo sent a letter to parents on Tuesday to address questions and feedback about traffic situations involving students in the last week.
“The safety of our students and staff is always our top priority,” Crespo said in the letter. “As we navigate the incredible loss of one of our students, I want to share that we are working with law enforcement, the City of Cheyenne’s Traffic Safety Committee and other stakeholders.”
Around 7 a.m. Monday, Cheyenne police officers responded to a report of two teenagers being hit by a car. An investigation revealed the two boys, ages 13 and 15, were attempting to cross the street at a crosswalk near Cheyenne’s East High School.
While crossing, both boys were struck by an GMC Acadia. They both sustained minor injuries and were transported to the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.
This incident occurred just days after a teen was struck and killed by a driver in Cheyenne while crossing the street.
Crespo encouraged parents and community members to continue reaching out the district with questions and feedback, with the hope that all of the information received will prevent future tragedy.
“Although the work is preliminary, we anticipate the Cheyenne Traffic Safety Committee will be conducting a safety audit of our pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle traffic at each of our schools,” she said. “As we work through this critical process, we will share updates when they become available.”
The Cheyenne Police Department shared on Monday that 238 traffic incidents have occurred near Cheyenne East High School. Of those incidents, 50 have occurred at the scene of Monday’s accident.
“As a community, we have a shared responsibility for every one of our students,” the superintendent concluded. “At LCSD1 our parents and families are our partners. We are committed to protecting our kids and are taking steps to create a learning environment that is safe.”