North of Philadelphia, in East Rockhill Township, PA, a high school student was struck by an SUV. The 15-year-old boy was hit when he stepped onto the road.
ABC 6 reports that Dr. Margaret Kantes, "the principle of Pennridge North Middle school," was the one driving the SUV. Kantes stayed with the student after the accident, and "rendered aid" until the paramedics and police arrived.
The boy received serious head injuries from the collision. It is not clear whether it was a brain injury. As of now, his condition is stable.
Mrs. Kantes stayed at the scene of the accident, helped the boy as best as she could, and it is believed that she submitted to alcohol testing.
The other things that need to be investigated to erase Kantes from blame would be whether she was on her phone or if there was anything else that was distracting her.
In Pennsylvania, there is no ban on using a hand-held cell phone or texting while driving (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). So, if it turns out that she was on the phone when the accident occurred, she would not be convicted of a criminal charge. If anything, it would help lawmakers push a bill through that would make it illegal to use a cell phone and drive.
There has been no word of the family hiring a PA personal injury attorney.
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