Could the death of Danjanique have been averted?


We found it disturbing that a 14-year-old freshman at Cheltenham High School was killed while running to the school bus stop on Wednesday, the same day that Gov. Corbett proclaimed Oct. 22 to 26 as ‘school bus safety week.’

That would make it too late for Danjanique Brown-Rogers who was fatally struck by two vehicles as she crossed an intersection in the Melrose Park section of Cheltenham Township at 6:50 a.m.

Brown-Rogers had just moved to the area and was beginning to make friends. She played on the girls’ soccer team, which will wear black hair ribbons in her honor the next time it plays.

No arrests have been made because both drivers stopped to render aid. The deputy police chief has said police are still investigating, but that the young lady’s death may have been a tragic accident.

Was it? Perhaps this whole area needs a careful reexamination. Traffic + early starts + children + darkness = what? An unacceptable risk?

Today, we have received an email from Barbara of  Cheltenham Township who thinks so:

“The tragic death of Danjanique Brown-Rogers might have been averted if the high school did not persist in having students venture out in the dark; it is still dark at 6:50. This is not the first time this has happened. Daylight Savings should be changed or school should start later. I'd like to see an article discussing this. I've been thinking about it for quite a while. Part of the reason for the early start relates to sports events and practice, which seem to take precedence over safety.”

Does the high school or anyone else care to weigh in on this important topic?