Child Struck and Killed by Car Update

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

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.

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  • by Erica Location: Tallahassee on Jan 13, 2009 at 05:55 AM
    TO DST: What's your guess, please share? I don't see why Race is of any concern. FYI the child was of a mixed back ground. (White, Black, and Hispanic) So who do you point the blame at since race is a factor to you? My prayers go to this family at this tragic time.
  • by Florida Mom Location: Tally on Jan 12, 2009 at 11:20 AM
    To: Dst I am curious to know what race were you thinking about? you are so silly race should NOT be a factor at all this could happen to anyone including DST(YOU)so stop being silly and pray for the families involved a mom and dad is hurting over the lost of their child and a mom/teacher is hurting over taking a life of a child stop always talking about race we all are GODS children if you make it to heaven there is no race we all are God's children....what are you teaching your kids if you have any
  • by mmob Location: Tallahassee on Jan 12, 2009 at 10:33 AM
    What a tragic accident. Why are elementary schools open so earlier? Maybe if the times were changed for elementay schools opening it would help. As it is now elementary schools are opened early, then high schools and then middle schools. The fifty three (53) percent of the professionals with the Leon County School Board and others should check into this at their summits and try to come up with a better alternative. Also, they might try to schedule bus routes so that parents will not have to take their children to school. No some parents are not in on the scheduling of bus routes and times for pick up and drop off, regardless of the note sent home by mail or student to the parents/guardians about the time of pick up and drop off at the assigned bus stop. May our father God continue to be with all involved.
  • by L G Location: Tallahassee on Jan 12, 2009 at 09:35 AM
    I don't know what to say.....This is so very sad. I feel so very sorry for the family that lost their child and sorry for the lady that caused this terrible accident. You are ALL in my prayers!!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 12, 2009 at 07:50 AM
    to dst: That is a pretty insensitive thing for you to be posting on this board! Keep your comments to yourself!
  • by Wakulla resident Location: Crawfordville on Jan 12, 2009 at 07:00 AM
    For people who are judging the mother, you were not there and don't know exactly how it happened, so your judgmental comments are unwarranted. As for the comment from "dst" about the race of the child, God loves all of us equally and made us all to be the race HE wants us to be. Furthermore, there is no one race that "controls" their children while the others don't. There are good and bad in all races. People should be measured by the content of their individual character, not their race.
  • by Bon Location: tally on Jan 12, 2009 at 06:29 AM
    I cannot imagine how heartbreaking this is both for the parent and the teacher who was driving the vehicle.
  • by luvmykids on Jan 12, 2009 at 06:19 AM
    Maybe the school needs to revise being able to pick your kids up at the pick up and drop off area. I thought every school had one of these. Why are parents not allowed to use this access for safety reasons? That is what I want to know. And as a concerned parent, this would be an issue to address to the school...
  • by Anonymous on Jan 11, 2009 at 04:27 PM
    Where was the parent!? Why in the world would you allow your 4 YEAR OLD to cross any kind of street by them self?!!! They're not even old enough to play in the yard by themselves! That is not the teachers fault!
  • by dst on Jan 11, 2009 at 10:58 AM
    If you cannot control your children, stop having so many! I do not know the race of this poor child, but I can probably guess.
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