Four-year-old Christopher Robles was hit by a car as he crossed Chowkeebin Nene and the driver behind the wheel was a teacher at the school. Parents picking up their children from Hartsfield Elementary are in shock after getting the news that that four-year-old Christopher Robles, a pre-k student, was struck and killed right outside the school Friday morning.
Lawrence Hilson has a daughter who attends Hartsfield and he said he heard about it not long after it happened. "As soon as I heard it I thought immediately why I can't ever pick my girl up out front anymore, you know, or drop her off. That's what they're always trying to tell us, but you know we got to abide by that. It's unfortunate that that happened, but that's why." said Hilson.
Making it even more painful, the woman who hit Christopher has been teaching at the school for nearly 30 years--5th grade teacher Cynthia Roy.
Shannon Batcher, another parent, says it is unfortunate for Mrs. Roy to be involved with the tragedy. "It is a sad situation for both parties involved. I wish nothing but the best for Mrs. Roy, she's a very good teacher, uh, and my condolences to the family." said Batcher.
Tallahassee Police say Christopher was hit feet from a cross-walk where a crossing guard was on duty. Roy will not be charged for hitting Christopher. Authorities say it was an accident.
Officer David McCranie, a Tallahassee Police spokesperson said, "I think this is an opportunity for all of us in the community to recognize how quickly things can change and we need to re-double our efforts to be cautious."
Christopher was hit this morning while being dropped off--authorities say he ran out in to traffic. The school brought in grief counselors to help students, staff, and parents cope with the death. Principal Cora Franklin and the school board staff met with teachers after school Friday to discuss thoughts and concerns about the incident. And they will continue to speak with students about the loss of a classmate and friend.