BROOKLYN (PIX11) — Crossing guard Shameeka White was at her normal post on the corner of Ralph and Atlantic Avenues in Bed-Stuy when her worst nightmare became reality.
White tried to stop an SUV from making an illegal left turn when the driver hit the gas instead of the brakes and ran right over the 10-year veteran.
The whole scene was captured on a nearby security camera obtained exclusively by PIX 11. Some are crediting White with saving the lives of two children waiting to cross the street.
“She loves the children, she’s always on her post, and by her saving that kid, it’s not out of character for her,” said the victim’s friend Curtis Mills.
The accident happened just before 8 A.M. Wednesday morning.
The same day Department of Transportation officials held a press conference unveiling a new 25 mile per hour speed limit that will be rolled out across Atlantic Avenue later this month.
People who live in the neighborhood say the Department of Transportation recently added “No Left Turn” signs throughout the intersection at Ralph and Atlantic Avenue. But they say many drivers still don’t pay attention.
“Somebody got killed over there, so I think they should be more on point as far as this,” said one woman who asked that we not use her name.
White, who fractured her left arm and leg, was rushed to Kings County Hospital and has since been released.
The union representing the 37-year-old says this incident shows how crossing guards are under-appreciated.
“Ms. White exemplifies the courage and dedication these school crossing guards bring to the job everyday, yet, very often they’re ignored until a tragedy or fatality occurs,” said Local 372 President Santos Crespo Jr.
Those who cross the intersection everyday say incidents like this just remind them safety improvements can’t come fast enough.
“Atlantic Avenue is like an open freeway so they need to,” said Mills.
As for the driver, the NYPD says no charges have been filed, but the investigation is ongoing.