ADELPHI, Md. (DC News Now) — Prince George’s County Police said the four people who were hurt, one of them seriously after a car hit them Monday morning, are expected to be okay.
Police said the incident happened at around 7:10 a.m. as the pedestrians were crossing Riggs Rd onto Buck Lodge Rd.
Those hit by the car were two adults and two children. Medics took all of them to the hospital. One of the adults had serious injuries.
The crash happened less than a mile away from two schools: Cherokee Lane Elementary and Buck Lodge Middle School.
“This has been happening for years,” said Joanna Escobar, who’s child attends Cherokee Lane. “As a parent, it’s a concern because I don’t want my child to be walking on a street where there’s no sidewalks.”
DC News Now’s Joseph Olmo tried walking across Riggs Rd and saw firsthand how — even though there’s a marked crosswalk — several cars drove by without stopping.
Several public officials are aware of the difficulty of crossing Riggs Rd.
Pamela Boozer-Strother, a Board of Education member, told DC News Now that the county council and state delegation are “well aware” of the voices that are calling for more traffic control systems and sidewalks.
The Prince George’s County Police Department is in charge of the crossing guard program, but Boozer-Strother said “staffing has been an issue” recently.
DC News Now reached out to PGPD to see if they’d reconsider shifting resources to add a crossing guard at the problematic intersection. Officials say the issue is under review, but no immediate changes are expected.
Police said the driver of the car involved in the incident stayed at the scene and that, at this point, drugs or alcohol did not seem to be a factor in the accident.