Roswell Teen Struck by Vehicle During Alive After 5

The incident brings up questions about safety during the popular event.

A Roswell teenager was transported to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta-Scottish Rite last night after being  hit by a vehicle while crossing Woodstock Road during the city's Alive After 5 event in the historic district. 

According to the report, the 14-year-old boy was struck by the Toyota 4Runner when he crossed in front of oncoming traffic "improperly" on Woodstock Road near the Canton Street intersection.

"He complained of neck pain and he had visible bruises and abrasions," Officer Lisa Holland told Roswell Patch. 

The incident brings up safety issues surrounding the popular event, which is held between April and October on the third Thursday of each month. 

"I love Alive After 5 and really have enjoyed watching it grow as an event in our town but having kids getting hit by cars during this event is not cool," Adriana Hayes posted on the Roswell Patch Facebook wall.

Hayes had some suggestions for the city on how they should better the event through increased safety measures.

"I feel like two things should happen," she wrote. "First, a few more foot/bicycle police to patrol the groups of kids and second, possibly shut down traffic on Canton street during this time. Even as an adult, I found it hard to cross the road when I needed to because people don't stop and people drive too fast. Even the 25 [miles per hour] limit is too fast with all of the people around."

No word yet on how the boy is doing. No one was charged in he accident since the teen was shown at fault.

mj June 19, 2011 at 12:33 AM
Close the street! Last month someone almost hit me and my stroller with my 13 month old son in it! I will not go to the event again unless they close the street down!
John Porter June 19, 2011 at 01:58 AM
Install a temporary system of ballards or sawhorses that could be installed during similar events...place them from go with the flow corner across canton street...and a second set from Capricious across to Nine Street Kitchen...and block the antique mall lot exits onto canton street...and from Salt across Webb street to the parking lot... The antique mall parking lot could still be accessed from Webb street side access... This would make that particular area a pedestrian mall of sorts on a temporary basis and still allow for traffic on canton street to norcross street...etc... Allow for plastic cups in that area...alllow for more restuarant seating...possibly a band etc in the area. Downtown Greenville often does a similar pedestrian mall setup on Fridays...someone should take a look at that model... You can't really block off the entire length of Canton Street as it would affect too many vendors. It's sad this child was injured...but it also appears the child may have been in the wrong?
janet h russell June 20, 2011 at 01:32 AM
Canton St can should be closed from Magnolia to Woodstock for Alive after Five. It has been successfully done for many years for the Criterium. Pedestrians on Canton ST. ignore the 11 crosswalks if they are even 3 ft from where they are standing. They want to cross where they want to cross and right now. So combine uneducated pedestrians and aggressive drivers and you have the perfect recipe for a fatality. If they can make Times Square in NYC completely pedestrian 24/7 I think Canton St. in Roswell, Ga. can manage a totally pedestrian st one night a month for 6 months of the year.
Nancy Bailey June 20, 2011 at 01:49 PM
Brandy said exactly what I was going to say. Close down Canton Street!!!
Refused June 20, 2011 at 05:06 PM
What a stream of discourteous comments to those w/physical limitations! Not everyone can walk down the street, nor can everyone w/an issue even stand there long enough waiting for the trolley to come deliver them from one side of Canton to the other. Not everybody w/physical limitations owns a wheelchair either. The object of Alive After 5 is to bring more attention to the merchants on the street & local businesses, not necessarily to get people out to walk. There are a several businesses that give large enough discounts for Alive After 5 that it's the only time some people can afford to give them business. I am one. I can neither afford to go to ANY of the shops on Canton St. because they are so ridiculously overpriced any other day, nor walk down the street to get to them from either side because it is much too far. Moreover, there aren't enough parking spaces on the circumference to be able to fit all those who are enjoying the evening. People coming/going at a time that is convenient for them is also part of the enjoyment. When do you accept responsibility for yourself, your actions and your children? A 14 year old child should fully know how & where to legally cross the street responsibly. If you are watching your child appropriately, they won't have the chance to run out 'chasing a free balloon.' I thought Roswell folks more capable than college kids. Street fairs in Tucson never think to close the street. They expect adults to act like adults.


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