It’s an accident that authorities say should have never happened. Matthew Gardner believed to be a student at Roosevelt High School, was struck by a car here on the corner Harwood Drive and Polk Boulevard just before three in the afternoon. Police say the driver of the car, Xavier Williams of West Des Moines was apparently too impatient to wait.
“The first car stopped for the pedestrian, waved the pedestrian through.” explains Des Moines Police Sergeant Chris Scott, “For whatever reason the second car went around the first car and struck the pedestrian.”
Gardner was hit so hard he was thrown into the air, leaving a huge dent in the hood of the car. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition. With school now in session, authorities say motorists have to take their time and watch where they’re going to prevent more accidents like this.
“It’s back to school time.” says Brian O’Keefe with the Des Moines Fire Department, “We need everyone to focus. Kids are excited, getting back into their routine. Gotta be a little more patient.”
Police say charges are pending against Williams.