Updated: Tolland Student Hit By Car on Old Cathole Road North

A sixth-grade student was struck while walking home from school, according to Superintendent William Guzman.

Updated Thursday, Sept. 27, 10:51 p.m.

The student struck by a car on Thursday afternoon has been released from the hospital and is home resting, according to an update his family provided to Tolland Patch.

While the family requested that their child not be identified, they praised the quick and professional response of the school, rescue workers and police officers after the incident.

According to a press release from Troop C, a Tolland minor struck the sixth-grade student while he was attempting to cross Old Cathole Road North while walking home from school.

Original Story:

A sixth-grade student was struck by a car Thursday on Old Cathole Road North while walking home from Tolland Middle School, according to Superintendent William Guzman.

While the child was transported to the hospital, Guzman said the student is recovering and is doing as well as can be expected.

Stay with Tolland Patch for more details on this story.

Town Resident September 28, 2012 at 12:45 AM
The Tolland High track team has no business jogging on that road nor route 74 which has fast traveling vehicles and curves. It's just a matter of time before someone gets hit.
Town Resident September 28, 2012 at 01:00 AM
The high school provides a beautiful track, yet we send students out into oncoming traffic. Am I missing something here?
Carolyn Sireci September 28, 2012 at 03:04 AM
The track is flat ground. The courses they run on for meets are not. The Tolland hills are the best training they can get for meets. They're a lot different than the track. They're supposed to run in groups and they have the reflective belts as far as I know (graduated last year so not sure about this year's rules) and the "road rules" say for pedestrians walking/runnings to go on the side into oncoming traffic and bikes to go with traffic. They're doing everything they can to remain safe and effectively train for their sport. Plus by high school, students should be able to navigate the roads, cross the street safely, etc.
Carolyn Sireci September 28, 2012 at 03:05 AM
I'm not advocating for anyone to be unsafe, just explaining the team's rationale in training off the track.
Lisa G September 28, 2012 at 10:25 AM
Just wanted to add that the sight lines at that intersection, as well as the one at THS are inferior and make it difficult to navigate by car, especially if one is an inexperienced or "new" driver, and adding pedestrians or runners to the mix makes it even harder. Maybe the town can look at redesigning these spots, and/or put sidewalks where needed...and make Tolland a more pedestrian friendly place. I don't want my child to feel he cannot walk in this town, after all it's good exercise (as is running/training, of course) so I have allowed my child to walk home from school that way, and now to walk from THS to TMS, but not without a fair bit of worry.
Kristen Morgan September 28, 2012 at 12:16 PM
As a parent and a runner, I would LOVE to see more pedestrian-friendly streets in Tolland. It's a very serious issue, and something that this town is lacking in a major way. Children are expected to walk and wait for buses on streets with speeding traffic and not even a shoulder to walk on, much less a pedestrian/bike lane or sidewalk. It's only a matter of time before this happens again. I hope that the child who was hit makes a quick recovery. My thoughts go out to him and his family.
Miss Mary Mack September 28, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Maybe I am missing something, but nowhere in the article did it say the child was running for track. My son who was on a bus said the kid was walking. It wasn't an "inexperienced" driver either that hit the kid, just making a point.
Jennifer Snider Grover September 28, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Glad to know the student is doing better. I hope they have a quick recovery.
Deb Goetz September 28, 2012 at 04:27 PM
So sorry to hear a student was injured and wish him/her a speedy recovery. Perhaps this will raise awareness of how dangerous the streets leading to our schools are. We want to encourage students to walk to and from school whenever possible, yet the roads leading to THS, TMS and Birch Grove are some of the most dangerous in town. The roads are very narrow, barely wide enough in spots for 2 large SUVs to pass each other without hugging the edge of the road. Add students walking or running on the side and it's amazing more students haven't been injured. The high school runners are very responsible and the reflective belts added last year are helpful, but there are still blind curves and hills where someone unfamiliar with Tolland's roads could easily clip someone. Rural is nice, but safety is more important. Old Cathole, Rhodes Rd and Anthony Rd should have wider shoulders or, optimally, sidewalks for our students and all residents who walk, run or bike to the schools.
A Tax Payer September 28, 2012 at 07:13 PM
How about street lights in Tolland
Jim G. September 28, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Not sure of the relevance - this accident was in broad daylight. I'm also not sure where you'd put streetlights in Tolland... and I'm pretty sure that if put to a vote, they'd go down about 9-1. We don't live here for suburban convenience...
taxpayer too September 28, 2012 at 07:39 PM
who would pay for sidewalks and street lights? I certainly don't want to see my taxes raised
Leisa Hickey September 28, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Whether you are a runner or a walker, the roads with curves (and that are narrow) are a danger. You can run/walk on the 'proper' side and you can wear reflective belts, but it does not protect you from a car coming around a blind corner from hitting you. I, too, am surprised this has not happened more with the children who walk to school or any of the members of the track team. We definately need more sidewalks in town especially in the areas around town where our children are expected to walk to school or run for track. My heart goes out to the boy who was struck as well as to his family. Our prayers are with you for a full recovery!
Leisa Hickey September 28, 2012 at 07:58 PM
I also don't like to see our taxes raised, but what I don't want more is to have any other incidents like the one that just occurred to anyone else in our town.
David Barrow September 28, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Josh September 29, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Hey people just wanna say this had nothing to do with Tolland Cross Country or Tolland Track team so please have your facts straight before saying things.
Jim G. September 29, 2012 at 01:35 AM
You're correct. Whether the first commenter brought that in through misunderstanding or because it's a related topic isn't clear - but the student who was hit was simply walking home, not participating in track training. Having driven around a column of track athletes from time to time, though, I wonder if they've ever considered using a pace car at the rear to help alert and slow oncoming traffic. We don't have sidewalks or shoulders here for safe running on our roads and all it will take is one distracted driver.


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