LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- A 12-year-old boy was hospitalized on on Thursday morning after he was hit by a car walking to school.
Hacienda Avenue was closed in both directions between Jones Boulevard and Lindell Road following the crash.
According to Las Vegas police, the boy was taken to an area hospital just before 7 a.m. on Oct. 7 with non-life threatening injuries. His family later stated his legs were broken.
"I try everyday to drive them to school, but today was one of the first days that I didn’t drive them to school, and this is what happened," said the boy's mom, Lakeisha Robinson.
She told FOX5 she always sees cars speeding through the school zone. She hopes to see changes to the crosswalk before another student is hurt.
There are yellow crossing signs nearby, but Robinson says they're easy to miss.
"They don’t blink. They don’t do anything. They’re just there."
She would also like to see crossing guards nearby for all students.
Clark County is responsible for crossing guards near the school where the boy was hit. A spokesperson told FOX5 that middle schools do not get crossing guards, but elementary schools do.
"Even though these kids are bigger, they’re not elementary. They still need help getting across the street," Robinson said. "A lot of times it’s the people in the cars that don’t stop. They don’t pay attention. They’re texting. They’re talking. They’re in a rush to get to work."
Las Vegas police said the driver remained on scene and showed no signs of impairment.
***Traffic Alert*** Car struck a pedestrian along Hacienda between Jones and Lindell Road. Both directions are closed between Jones and Lindell pic.twitter.com/bShEqeM9ti— Ken Smith (@KenSmithTV) October 7, 2021
To help the family, a GoFundMe page was created.