STOP FOR STUDENTS

Local school district making changes after 3 students hit in crosswalks

Dec 8, 2023, 7:11 PM | Updated: 7:18 pm

HEBER CITY — Christine Sara is thankful that her son is alive.

“It’s a complete shock to a parent to get a phone call like that,” she said.

Her son, 14-year-old Noah McArthur, was biking to school one morning when a driver failed to yield and hit him in the crosswalk.

“He had a broken pelvis, broken collarbone, and a fractured skull,” his mom said. “He was in a severe concussion for a good 24 hours.

Unfortunately, Noah’s story isn’t unique.

Noah in a hospital bed after being hit by a car. (Courtesy: Christine Sara)

He’s one of three Wasatch High School students in just the last few months who have been hit while trying to get to or from school. One of those students just came home a few days ago after being in the ICU for weeks.

“It was a tough fall for our school and community to have three of our own go through that,” said Wasatch High School Assistant Principal Ryan Bishop.

Bishop says the school district is running a student safety campaign focused on preventing these accidents from happening in the future.

“We’re just trying to make sure that we’re doing everything we can, whether they’re behind the wheel or walking, to look out for each other,” he said.

Bishop said they get the message out through school announcements and through the help of their student journalists. Their efforts also include installing a stoplight near the school – which will be up and running before the end of the year – as well as adding crossing guards.

Mike Morrison is out there daily during lunchtime, helping students cross the street.

“It’s just something I wanted to do,” he said. “I wanted to make sure the kids are safe.”

Crossing guards in place at Main Street in Heber. They are there during lunch hours from 11-1 every school day. (KSL TV’s Emma Benson)

Christine thinks that the real problem is growth.

“It’s not just about money and selling every lot that we possibly can sell,” she said. “It’s more about the safety of our community and the people in our community. And I feel like that needs to be taken into more consideration.”

Whatever the root cause, both Christine and Vice Principal Bishop say it’s important for parents to have conversations at home with their kids about being aware, like staying off their phones when walking or driving. Bishop said those messages are being echoed at school.

Parents like Christine hope these changes, as well as future changes, will put an end to these accidents.

“I don’t know exactly what the answer is, but I just hope it stops happening,” she said.

Christine and Noah with their family. (Courtesy: Christine Sara)

KSL 5 TV Live

Stop For Students

Joey Skelton, a school bus driver for a Utah school is receiving a thank you poster and an award fo...

Emma Benson

School bus driver hailed as hero for saving student lives after car ignored bus stop arm

A Jordan School District bus driver is being praised after he prevented a possible tragedy from happening to students. 

4 days ago

A new bill introduced in the legislature would increase fines for speeding in school crossings from...

Daniel Woodruff

Lawmaker proposes bigger fines for speeding in Utah school zones

A Utah lawmaker is proposing substantially higher fines for speeding in a school zone.

1 month ago

A cyclist watches traffic before crossing 400 East at 200 South in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, March...

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com

Salt Lake City hoping to make streets safer for K-12 students through nearly $1M grant

The federal government has awarded $953,600 to Salt Lake City to help make its streets safer — particularly for K-12 students.

2 months ago

Andre Posen, his wife Bridgette, and their two children. (KSL TV)...

Debbie Worthen

‘They saved my family’: father recounts miracles after his family was hit by a car

The father and husband of a family who was hit by a car and pinned underneath it recounts his side of the story, crediting their livelihood and survival to miracles, a group of teenagers, and an airmen that came to their rescue.

3 months ago

Ava Saunders came home from the hospital after being hit by a car in September. (KSL TV)...

Lindsay Aerts

Heber City teen hit in a crosswalk gets warm welcome home

There was a warm homecoming Wednesday for a teen from Heber who was hit by a car in a crosswalk in late September.

3 months ago

13-year-old Kaisley Raybourne, who was hit by a car. (Courtesy: 
Raybourne family)...

Shelby Lofton

Unified police search for hit-and-run driver who hit Magna teen

Unified police are looking for the driver responsible for hitting a 13-year-old and fleeing from the scene early Tuesday morning.

3 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Local school district making changes after 3 students hit in crosswalks