Questions over parking lot safety as teacher remains critical

HEBRON, Conn. (WTNH) — A veteran middle school teacher remains in critical condition five days after she was struck by a parent backing out of a drop-off zone outside RHAM Middle School.

While staff and students hope for a full recovery for 65-year-old Dawn Mallory — who suffered a skull fracture — we’re learning concern over parking lot safety here is nothing new.

“The parking lots don’t really make sense,” said Rachel Fletcher, who graduated from adjacent RHAM High School in 2009. “They go every which way. Kids don’t know where to go.”

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But school officials say they are working to improve the system. The superintendent here says he met with an engineer Monday and expects a traffic analysis soon.

Regional District 8 Superintendent Robert Siminski said the report will give a cost estimate to develop a new traffic pattern and determine if that requires construction.

Siminski also said the school’s insurance company is looking into whether or not changes need to be made as for the police presence. This week, a state trooper has reportedly been parked in front of the school. He said what’s set up will continue.

“I think it’s a great idea,” Fletcher said. “I mean in the high school they have the five rows of parking but it’s only a one-way entrance. So it’s just chaos getting in and out of it.”

Mallory’s daughter-in-law, a mother of three herself, tells WTNH that she is glad the traffic patterns are being looked at — anything to keep more people safe.

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