Parents: Busy intersection a danger for kids

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Kids are crossing a busy intersection every day, without a crossing guard. It’s where two middle-schoolers got hit Monday, and parents say something needs to change.

KRQE News 13 sat at the intersection Tuesday afternoon, and spotted speeding cars, along with someone running a red light. When school gets out, the intersection of Tennessee and Lomas in northeast Albuquerque is swarming with kids.

“There’s no crossing guard, there’s not any kind of adult supervision,” explained Albert Fuentes, whose son attends school nearby.

Fuentes drives the route daily to drop off and pick up his son from school. Hayes Middle School is a block off Lomas.

“You got a combination of people being in a hurry, and kids that don’t pay attention,” Fuentes explained.

Fuentes along with other parents claim the crosswalk at Lomas and Tennessee on such a busy street, isn’t enough to keep kids safe.

The intersection sits right outside of the school zone. There are pedestrian crossing signs posted, but the speed limit is 40 mph.

KRQE News 13 clocked several drivers going over the speed limit.

“I’m just scared I’m gonna hit one of them,” said Fuentes. “I’ve always wondered why there’s no crossing guard.”

Two teens were hit by a car Monday morning while trying to cross the street. Both teens had minor injuries. The driver wasn’t cited, since police said the accident was pedestrian error.

Several parents told KRQE News 13 kids don’t always use the crosswalk, and often dodge cars in the middle of the street.

“I just keep an eye out, drive as slow as I can until I get into the parking lot or until I get out of this area, because I know there’s a possibility somebody is going to jump right out in front of you,” said Fuentes.

Parents said they’ve complained about the danger over the years. One parent told KRQE News 13, she’s seen workers from a nearby car dealership helping to monitor kids crossing Lomas.

Tuesday afternoon, KRQE News 13 spotted a school officer helping large groups of kids through the crosswalk. However, school officials said it’s not up to Albuquerque Public Schools to put a crossing guard there, since it’s not on school property.

Officials with the City of Albuquerque told News 13 crossing guards fall under police jurisdiction.

“I just think something has to be done,” Fuentes said.

The APS officer that helped kids cross Tuesday, said he was only there to assess the problem. For now, officials said that won’t be a regular thing, since the intersection is off school property.

One mom told KRQE News 13 she’s complained to the school, police, and the mayor’s office about this intersection. City officials said police work with the schools to decide where cross guards should go, but the priority is elementary schools, since kids there are younger.

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