An 18-year-old Garinger High School senior has died after being struck by a vehicle outside the school Tuesday afternoon.
Brittany Palmer died at a Charlotte hospital just before 6 a.m. today from injuries sustained in the collision, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said.
Police said Palmer was among a group of students crossing Eastway Drive at East Sugar Creek Road, walking toward the campus, about 4:20 p.m. Tuesday when she was struck by a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Friends told reporters Palmer was returning to the campus from a restaurant across the street.
Police say the driver of the Jeep, a 54-year-old man, stopped at the scene and is cooperating with authorities. The crash, which happened two hours after school dismissed for the day, remains under investigation.
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Capt. Demetria Faulkner-Welch of the Eastway Division said she hopes to have some formal discussions with school leaders and others as soon as next week to look at ways to improve safety at the intersection, including whether a crosswalk is needed.
In addition, Faulkner-Welch said officers from Eastway and the North Tryon division will be out monitoring the intersection starting today.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Hugh Hattabaugh said the district is eager to work with city officials or citizens who are trying to improve pedestrian safety on Eastway. "Anything we can do to assist, we will do so," he said.
Hattabaugh called Palmer's death “very tragic.” “Our hearts go out to that family and the students (at Garinger,” he said.
Earlier Tuesday, a West Charlotte student was struck by a car. That student is in the intensive care unit with severe injuries, according to school officials.
And it was the second time in three years that a Garinger student has been hit by a vehicle on Eastway Drive. Ann Doss Helms contributed