Distracted Teen Hurt Walking Into Traffic

A 15-year-old Topeka boy was in stable condition after walking into traffic while talking on his cellphone and being hit by a car.

Police spokesman Lt. Mike Cross says the Hayden High School student was hit around 3:35 p.m. Wednesday after walking in front of a car whose driver didn’t have time to react.

Witnesses told authorities the boy had just pushed the button on a lighted crosswalk and “didn’t even wait a half a second” before stepping into oncoming traffic.

The woman driving the vehicle and three young children in the car weren’t injured.

Cross says there has been a big push against driving while distracted, but pedestrians also are part of the roadway and need to pay attention to what they’re doing.

Associated Press information from: The Topeka Capital-Journal