MAYPORT, Fla. – A child riding a bicycle was hit by a vehicle about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday on Mayport Road near Pioneer Drive.
The child reportedly suffered serious injuries.
“He didn’t look too good,” said Tony Seifert, the owner of Bridges Auto Repair who tried to help at the scene.
Seifert said he has seen people speeding in the area — which he said is an accident waiting to happen. It was not immediately known whether speeding was a factor in Wednesday’s crash.
With Mayport Coastal Sciences Middle School and Seaside Charter School located on Mayport Road, Seifert said he would think drivers would slow down.
“During the day, when the school lights are on in the zones, it’s just terrible,” Seifert said. “Even down here at Mayport School, it’s the same way, and they don’t learn here, and they keep going down there, too.”
Seifert said he wants Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office patrol cars positioned at the school zones — which are about 0.2 miles apart — to help remind people to slow down on Mayport Road, where the speed limit is 45 mph.
“Just be more cautious. Open your eyes. Watch for the kids. Watch for the parents, and they’re just zoom, zoom, zoom, don’t care,” Seifert said.
A teacher at a nearby school asked News4Jax to do a story about speeding drivers, saying she’s appalled and infuriated after seeing the crash Wednesday morning and losing a student a few years ago.
In March 2017, a 12-year-old boy was struck and killed by a vehicle as he was in a crosswalk at the intersection of Wonderwood Connector and A1A while walking to Mayport Middle. The woman who police said was behind the wheel was convicted of DUI manslaughter and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.