ARLINGTON, Texas—An Arlington teenager says there is a danger near her school that almost killed her, and she says it could easily be fixed.
15-year-old Broke Watson was on her way to school and started to cross Highbank Drive directly behind Bowie High School to get to one of the main entrances, when she was hit by a car.
Wilson says she doesn't remember anything from April 4th until she woke up at the hospital, and was being wheeled into a CAT scan.
"I was in a lot of pain. I was on a lot of medicine too," said Wilson.
She received 36 stitches on her face, 16 staples in her head, and a steel rod in her right leg.
"It was a very, very rough day, that day. I would never want to see another parent go through what we went through that day," said Brooke's father, Dennis Watson.
Arlington Police say Brooke was at fault because she wasn't in a crosswalk, and the driver was not driving recklessly. A spokeswoman for the department says everyone needs to simply pay better attention while driving, and while walking.
"Whether there is a crosswalk in the area or not, drivers have a responsibility to be conscious and aware of who's in the street and the pedestrians that are there, and pedestrians also need to be aware of vehicles moving up and down that roadway," said Tiara Ellis Richard with the Arlington Police Department.
But the Watson family believes there should be a crosswalk there, as students coming or leaving from the school must go out of their way to find a crosswalk.
"You got to walk all the way down to the street, you gotta go this way, and then you got to cross another one to get to the school," Brooke told The 33 News.
While there are school zones on the streets to the sides of Bowie, there is no school zone on Highbank Drive.
"Highbank is where the school actually is. There's no posted school zone, and that's a problem," said Dennis.
Dennis is grateful his daughter is alive, but worries the next accident on Highbank Drive will be deadly.
"Something just needs to be done about it, plain and simple. It's an easy fix," said Dennis.
Brooke, who still has a hard time doing simple tasks, worries if she'll ever get to play volleyball for the high school again.
"I'll be really upset. If I can't, it's really upsetting," she said.
The 33 News contacted the city of Arlington to find out what it takes to get a school zone and crosswalk on Highbank Drive. Anyone can request a school zone or a crosswalk, according to city officials. For the school zone, the school district is required to support that request. From there, the Arlington Public Works and Transportation Department evaluates traffic flow to determine what is needed in the area.