Tecumseh Teen Recovering After Being Hit By Car
TECUMSEH, Oklahoma - A Tecumseh teenager is at OU Children's Hospital after police said a car hit him Wednesday morning. Investigators said on impact, 15-year-old Connor McNamara rolled up onto the windshield and 95 feet later went off the front of the car onto the pavement.
Now the boy’s family said he has fractures to his spine and hip, and deep cuts and scrapes all over.
“My back especially has been killing me. I’m having a hard time moving my left arm and leg,” Connor said.
Connor was walking with his step-sister to school at the crosswalk near 8th and Walnut in Tecumseh. And he said she had made it across and he was almost to the other side when he was hit.
“I saw something out of my peripheral vision and I looked over and I saw the car and I just blacked out,” he explained.
Josiah McNamara, Connor's dad, couldn't believe what had happened.
The speed limit there is 35 mph and police don't believe the driver was going over 40.
That area doesn't become a school zone with a 25-mph speed limit until 7:40 a.m., according to police. The crash happened approximately 7:20 a.m.
“We don’t want anybody else having to go through this or worse,” Josiah said.
The McNamaras hope that school zone start time can be re-evaluated. And they also hope drivers will slow down and pay attention.
At this point, police said there are no answers as to why the driver didn't see Connor.
“Nobody may ever know if it was distracted driving that caused this or what,” Josiah said. “Kids are our most precious commodity and everything that can be needs to be done to protect them and keep these kinds of things from happening.”
The driver was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian with the right of way in a crosswalk, which police said carries a fine of $252.
Tecumseh Police contacted the driver on behalf of News 9 and she did not have a comment for the story.
If you would like to help the McNamara family contact Bancfirst in Tecumseh and donations can be made to Josiah McNamara.