Woman charged in hit and run of student near Jacksonville High School

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Jacksonville Police have arrested and charged a woman in a hit and run investigation Tuesday.  

Tasia White, 31, is charged with felony hit and run inflicting serious injury along with failure to yield to a pedestrian. 

Police said White hit a 16-year-old near Jacksonville High School on Henderson Drive, left the scene and did not report the accident.

The student was airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. 

It happened around 6:50 a.m. on Henderson Drive near the school.

The student was hit while crossing the street trying to get to class, and officers soon located and apprehended White, who drove away, police said. 

“This crossing has been very problematic for the city for some time, but it’s a matter of every time that we have something, we ask for advice, counsel, and guidance as to how we can improve it,” said Glenn Hargett, assistant city manager. 

Hargett said the commercial parking lot is a popular place for students to park and many parents also prefer to drop off students there. That’s why making it safer for students to cross has been challenging. 

“And so the need for this cross walk is a rather recent development in the life of that high school, because of that commercial development that has taken place across the street,” Hargett said. 

The city has asked for a review from the state over this crossing.

“I think there will always be people that want to park along the streets and in a neighborhood nearby,” said Hargett. “They park at other locations. That’s why in a school zone you have a school zone where it asks people to drive slower because people are crossing the streets”

Police Chief Mike Yaniero urged caution in school zones as they remain a place where drivers should be on the alert each school day. 

“The improved pedestrian crossing has resulted in greater safety for the students, but drivers have responsibility to obey the law for the crossing” said Chief Yaniero.  

A review will be made of the crossing, police said. 

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