Boy's death spurs calls for safety near school

NEW CASTLE, Ind. (AP) - Parents in eastern Indiana are calling for better lighting and more sidewalks after an 11-year-old boy was struck and killed while walking to school along a dark county road.

New Castle sixth-grader Dalton Hatfield was killed Oct. 7 when a car driven by a teacher struck the boy and a companion as they walked to school along a Henry County road.

Driver Penny Bowman told police she didn't see the boys in the darkness. Seventeen-year-old Donald Wethington suffered a broken vertebra and cuts.

Westwood Elementary Principal Elgan Carter tells The Star Press of Muncie that he would like to see sidewalks and lighting along the road.

County officials say there is no money for sidewalks and no requirement that unincorporated county areas have lights.