Sangaree Elementary crossing guard hanging on at MUSC

Area near where the accident took place. (John Gaddy/WCIV)

By Eric

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV)-- Natalie Boles of Summerville is still in fair condition at MUSC after being struck by a teen driver in front of Sangaree Elementary, but her family says she has good days and bad days.

Boles, 35, suffered a serious brain injury when police say she was hit by a 16-year-old driver.

According to Bole's family, her head injury has caused her brain to swell and it's also led to short term memory loss.

"I was in the middle of the street and I had to go ma'am, ma'am pay attention," said Sangaree Elementary Principal, Alan Wilson.

Wilson said he stepped in the street and did his best to direct traffic just moments after Boles was hit.

"I was absolutely appalled by the number of people driving through this spot," he said, showing off the area. "They were driving through this intersection with a cell phone against their ear just not paying attention."

In addition to her crossing guard duties, Boles worked at Sangaree with 4-year-old students. She's recently been upgraded at MUSC but her family says the injury to the front of her brain has affected her mood and memory.

In the time since the accident, sheriff's deputies have been assigned to the area. They've even written a few warnings. But Wilson says the intersection needs a traffic light, and before that can be done there must be turn lanes added to Royale Road.

"They were basically saying it would be hundreds of thousands of dollars to make the turn lanes," Wilson said.

The Department of Transportation last studied the area in 2010. Berkeley County school officials have renewed talks with them, still nothing has been decided.

In the meantime, Wilson will search for a solution with the well-being of more than a thousand students at stake.

"We're looking at 1,300 to 1,400 kids, it's the size of a large high school, we take in at the same time and dismiss at same time," said Wilson

Wilson says they're considering widening the exits to the schools or even adding a lane to Schoolhouse Road if they can't get the traffic light.

An account for Natalie Boles has been set up at First Federal Bank in Summerville under the Sangaree crossing guard fund.

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