Parents concerned with traffic near school where student struck

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Fifteen-year-old Morgan Doremus remains in critical condition after she was hit by a car while crossing the street near Ellison High School in Killeen last week.

The school sits in a busy area, and some parents are concerned that there are not enough precautions in place to prevent another accident.

"There's not enough crosswalks here," Ellison High School parent Jessica Hall said.

Heavy traffic on Trimmier Road and Elms Road borders the school on two sides. A construction zone adds to the often congested roads.

"No one can really see the kids, some of the kids are just darting out, and just going when they feel like it's safe to go, and there's no real structured area where they can just go to and cross,” Hall said.

Safety concerns have grown since Doremus was hit during lunch hour.

Police say witnesses saw the teen looking at her phone as she crossed the road.

"There's only like, one crosswalk here, one here, and one over there, and because of the incident that happened with the sophomore being hit, I just feel like it's more safe for me to come and basically come pick her up,” Ellison High School parent Christina Lewis said.

News Ten received the following statement from the Killeen Independent School District.

“The crosswalks at Elms and Trimmier are active and District and Campus Administrators expect all students to utilize the traffic controls and to access crosswalks when crossing these streets. Police officers and administrators will continue to maintain a presence and citations may be issued to students impeding traffic by illegally crossing these roadways. The safety and security of students and staff at all of our campuses remains a priority. Students will continue to be directed to utilize crosswalks and we will remain vigilant in these efforts.”

But still, some parents say they would also like to see crossing guards help students safely cross the street.

"When we see those vests, people stop, you know, and so, with that being said, the kids would be able to cross like they need to, and get home safely,” Lewis said.

Some students agree.

"Just watch out for cars and use the crosswalks, that's all you can do. They need to have guards out here,” Ellison High School sophomore Sean Abbas said.

Until then, parents urge kids to keep their eyes on the road, and to always assume drivers don’t see them.

Morgan’s mother said she is still in a medically-induced coma and is paralyzed. Doctors are trying to stabilize her.