BCSD to petition SCDOT for another look at Sangaree intersection

      (John Gaddy/WCIV)

      LADSON, S.C. (WCIV)-- After a crossing guard was hit by a teen driver in a pick up truck Wednesday morning, the Berkeley County School District has asked for help with the traffic situation at Royle Road and School House Lane.

      Around 7:15 a.m. on Wednesday a 16-year-old girl from Goose Creek was making a left turn in her Chevy pickup truck from Royle Road onto School House Lane when the vehicle collided with the crossing guard.{} The driver is charged with disobeying a school guard directing traffic which yields a $225 fine and four points on her license.

      35-year-old Natalie Boles of Summerville was sent to MUSC in critical condition. According to the district, Boles has served as a teacher's assistant for the kindergarten class at Sangaree Elementary. She has worked in that capacity and as a crossing guard for about a year and a half.

      Now, BCSD has asked the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office to assist with traffic control before and after school at the intersection of Royal Road and the entrance to the Sangaree Schools. BCSD also plans to petition the SC Department of Transportation to take another look at that intersection during the summer break in an effort to get a stop light installed.

      For some parents, the change couldn't come fast enough.

      "I'm just hoping{} that we can figure out something to be able to make it so that we have everything that we need to support the safety of the children, the families, the employees and make it a safer place," said Sangaree parent Maria Fischer. "We have a recreation department, a middle school, an intermediate school and an elementary school in this area. It's unacceptable that we can't get a light here. We pay taxes. We do our jobs. Let's make it happen. Let's make things safer."