Manhattan mother wants someone to take responsibility after her son was struck by vehicle

Published: Sep. 13, 2021 at 11:28 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A Manhattan mother is looking for someone to take responsibility for her son getting struck by a vehicle.

The Riley County Police Department said a 7-year-old boy was hit by a vehicle last Wednesday while crossing the street to his bus stop at Tuttle Cove Rd. and Terra Heights Dr.

Monday, the child’s mother told 13 NEWS she’s concerned this may happen to someone else. She said there are no crosswalks or flashing lights at the intersection where her son was hit.

She also said kids stand on the highway to wait for the bus there every day.

RCPD said the child was hit by a 2017 Chevrolet Cruze driven by Andrew Spencer Tomb III, 78. No citations were issued, but the boy’s mother said someone needs to be held responsible.

She said she is disappointed the driver did not seem to show more concern for her son’s condition.

He was flown to Stormont Vail with serious injuries and she said his recovery will take some time.

The mother declined to speak with 13 NEWS on camera, under the advice of an attorney she is consulting about the situation.

13 NEWS asked RCPD about the safety concerns and they said the area where the accident happened was not inside Manhattan city limits. Therefore, Riley County or KDOT would be responsible for evaluating whether crosswalks or other precautions are needed.

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