Phoenix

Family of Laveen teen hit by car pushes for school zone safety

Chris Lucero was on life assist and left with traumatic brain accidents after he was hit by a car whereas strolling to school.

PHOENIX — At 15 years previous, Chris Lucero needed to discover ways to stroll, discuss, eat, and write once more.

Last year, he was hit by a car whereas crossing the road whereas strolling to school and missed out on his freshman year along with his pals.

“We consider it a miracle to be here,” mentioned Moenay Rodriguez, Lucero’s mom. “It took him six surgeries to get him to where he is now.”

Lucero was hit by a driver on August 2, 2021, on 59th Avenue, south of Baseline Road.

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It was his second day at Betty Fairfax High School however his first time strolling alone.

Phoenix police mentioned Lucero was not on a sidewalk or in a crosswalk, however witnesses advised Rodriguez that automobiles stopped to let him cross the street when a lady driving a black Nissan Altima struck him.

Lucero suffered a number of fractures and a traumatic brain damage. He was on life assist for a number of months.

“He had to learn how to walk again, had to learn how to eat, write again, talk again,” mentioned Christopher Lucero, the boy’s father. “He’s come a long way.”

A year after the accident, the freshman is on the point of return to school.

“I feel really good about this,” he mentioned. “Mainly scared, but a little excited.”

But going again can be completely different this time round. He would require particular courses that can work round his remedy appointments twice weekly.

“I can’t say he is 100%. Still needs a lot of work,” Rodriguez mentioned.

Safer school zones 

As school districts throughout the state put together to welcome college students again to school rooms, younger Lucero’s household hopes their long-year battle to recovery raises consciousness when folks drive or stroll by means of school zones.

“Anyone that is going through school zones, make sure that you are paying attention. Make sure you are not on your phone. It’s easy to say, but it’s easy to get distracted,” Christopher Lucero, mentioned.

The household recommends speaking to kids concerning the risks of not utilizing crosswalks and never danger it, even when they suppose it’s okay to cross.

“All it takes is one second, one blink of an eye and it can change yours of somebody else’s whole life,” Rodriguez mentioned. “That’s what we want to avoid.”

The boy’s mom mentioned they’re grateful for the group’s assist.

“We’re here, we’re alive, we’re happy, and we’re thankful,” she added.

Chris Lucero echoed that message.

“I want to say thank you to everyone that prayed for me,” he mentioned.

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