PORTLAND, Ore. – Nigel Ziegenbusch had just left the MAX yellow line on his way to school in North Portland Friday morning when a black SUV made a right turn toward him.
“I was in the crosswalk and the pedestrian light was on for me to cross,” he said. “Normal people would stop, so I assumed that she (the driver) would stop. I put my hand out onto the hood of the car and jumped around it.”
There’s a scrape on Nigel’s leg where the SUV hit him. The driver did stop after the collision. Nigel said she asked him if he thought he was OK, got his phone number, promised to call and drove away.
His family is still waiting to hear from her.
“That would have been the time for her to call the police and say ‘I’ve hit a minor on his way to school, I’d like to file a report and make sure he’s OK.’ And she didn’t do that,” said Nigel’s mother, Lissa Ziegenbusch.
Lissa said she heard about what happened when she got a phone call from Nigel’s school. Nigel’s father, Brad Ziegenbusch, is an emergency room nurse who knows how dangerous a simple accident can be.
“The emergency room nurse turned off and the parent turned on,” said Brad. “And all of the sudden I got real sweaty and my heart started racing because all I heard on the other end of the phone was my wife saying ‘Nigel got hit by a car on the way to school.’ That kind of stops your day.”
Nigel will be fine, but his family still wants to hear from the driver.
“Especially with the things, other kids, getting hit by cars recently,” said Brad Ziegenbusch. “It’s tragic that people don’t feel that they need to do something about it. That they need to tell someone, you know? It’s ridiculous.”
We learned about this story through a KATU news tip. If you have a story for us, send us an email to email@example.com.