Cleveland HS student released from the hospital day after being hit by vehicle

The Cleveland High School student who was struck by a truck Tuesday morning, Nov. 2, as he walked to school is expected to make a full recovery.

According to Cleveland Police Chief Darrel Broussard, the student, who was airlifted to a Houston-area trauma center following the incident, has already been released from the hospital.

“It appeared to be a low-speed crash, thank goodness,” Broussard said.

The 18-year-old student was hit by a Toyota Tundra pickup at the intersection of Houston St. and Charles Barker Ave. Originally it was thought he had suffered a severe head injury.

The incident serves as a reminder that all motorists need to be mindful when driving in school zones, particularly when warning lights are activated.

“Investigators are still looking into this accident and the elderly driver of the truck is very remorseful this accident even occurred,” Broussard said. “Investigators and patrol officers are still reviewing evidence.”

The crash is still under investigation and charges could be filed pending the outcome of that investigation.

“The area is always congested with pedestrians and students crossing the roadway to get to and from school. There are no sidewalks in this area, which increases the chances of young students walking along the edge of the roadway. Further west on Houston Street last week, an elderly gentleman who was riding his motorized-wheelchair was hit by a passing vehicle,” Broussard said.

Broussard says he plans to continue working with the city and school officials, along with the Texas Department of Transportation and other community stakeholders, on ways to improve safety in school zones.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.


  1. Too many kids that are unlicensed and uninsured are diving to school and parking at local business because they can’t park on school property without a license so is the business owners, school admin and school police would enforce this violation it would decrease the amount of kids walking to school which would decrease the chance of a kid getting hit by a car. Also the parents to not allow their children to drive their car and teach them the right of way law then that would also decrease those chances.

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