Parents fighting for improved parking after teen hit by bus

Ryan Garcia
Ryan Garcia

Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

LOXAHATCHEE, FL (WFLX) - Last week, 17-year-old Ryan Garcia was hit by a bus near his school. As a result, parents are coming together saying the school's strict parking policy could be to blame.

Many students, who drive to school, have to park and walk across Pratt Whitney Road to get to school. The four-lane road has no road signs informing drivers the section of road is within a school zone. Moreover, there are few lights out there.

Recently, parents were able to get a sidewalk on the other side; however, they say, more changes need to be made.

Garcia, who's now recovering, is like many students who don't have a parking pass since there are not enough parking spaces. To receive a pass, students must have at least a 2.0 GPA.

The Department of Transportation says they have done all they'll do. They put in a sidewalk at the bus entrance and a light.

School officials say they have exhausted all of their measures. School board officials say they have been asking the county to make this stretch of Pratt Whitney a school zone. They were turned down initially, but they asked again and are waiting for that answer.

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