Updated: Name Released in Hartland High School Parking Lot Accident

Susan Hazzard, 51, is in stable yet serious condition.

Updated at 12:45 pm:

Superintendant Janet Sifferman and Hartland Schools released a statement today regarding the accident in the high school parking lot involving a 16-year-old driver and a 51-year-old security guard.

"We are saddened by the accident that occurred at Hartland High School the afternoon of May 15th involving a student and an employee. Our thoughts and prayers are with our employee and her family. This is an ongoing investigation with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department."

9:00 am

The name of the security guard who was hit yesterday by a teen driver while exiting school grounds has been released today.

Susan Hazzard, 51, is listed in stable yet serious condition according to Livingston County Sheriff Bob Bezotte.

Although Hazzard is still suffering some complications such a convulsions and throwing up which may be due to the head trauma, according to Bezotte, but she is improving.

Hazzard, who was struck by a in the Hartland High School parking lot was transported to the University of Michigan hospital on Tuesday afternoon. 

Charges will be pressed against the Hartland High School student. Speed and drugs are suspected of having a part of the accident, according to Bezotte.

"Speed is a factor as well as possible marijuana use since we found marijuana in the car," he said. "But that has to be verified."

The student was given a drug test yesterday after the accident and released to his parents, according to Bezotte. The results from those tests could take 3-6 weeks.

The prosecutor is aware of the case, but Bezotte says they now have some time to wait for the results from the tests. 

“We’re going to have a license review in Lansing to take his license away from him,” Bezotte said. “At least have it suspended until this case is over.” 

Alyssa Barnes May 16, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Ms.hazard was such a loving person and a good friend to all of the students very caring loving and always looking out for us. My prayers are with her and her family
Che Che May 17, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Thome's are saying a prayer for the Hazzards! Girls, your Mom is awesome! Take care of her:) Mrs T
sheryl May 17, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Totally agree with you Lisa:) I like the comment above that a police officer should be on the property when school commences. Praying with you, and your community for a full recovery for Ms. Hazard.
Rosanne Terminelli May 17, 2012 at 12:09 PM
It's amazing to me that the parents who have noticed "reckless driving" in the student parking lot have NOT reported it to school officials or police!? Get a license number if possible, make of car, color, etc. What ever happened to "speed bumps"? My thoughts and prayers go out to Ms. Hazzard!
bob smith May 17, 2012 at 12:44 PM
It has been reported many times to the school admin over the years and the administration does not care, I have made several complaints and so have my children. As always Hartland School has failed to train employees correctly, she should not be standing out in the middle unprotected with out any real training. Every driver in the lot is a new driver, they are kids, sooner or latter this was going to happen. It's just another bad plan at that school. The outcome is very sad now this woman is going to never be the same and the teen's life is ruined also. Nothing good is coming out of this admin's lack of training and planing. very sad!
Hartland HS Parent May 17, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Rosanne, why are you assuming that it doesn't get reported? And I assure you that when it does get reported, the school acts on it. Speed bumps would be a great idea. I think that they don't get installed much, due to them interfering with snow plowing
Hartland HS Parent May 17, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Bob, I have reported four incidents over the past four years and have personally wittnessed three of them being addressed the following day. Actually, one on the same day. I can't see how you can blame the school or "lack of training" for this event. Careless driving, and possibly pot, are the main contributors. What would you say if he had hit a student who was walking to thier car?
Jacob Peters May 17, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Just because my car looks fast does not mean I am always driving way too fast, im sure your kid is going the same speed in their toyota. And i did not hit anybody, so you've got the wrong person! Best wishes for Ms. Hazzard
Michele Gonzalez May 17, 2012 at 01:04 PM
There have been so many complaints about the kids driving at that school. My question is why hasn't the principal and school board done something about it before a tragedy happened? Putting 2 security officers is not a deterent. Praying for Ms. Hazzard for a full recovery and praying that something is FINALLY done to slow these kids down!
bob smith May 17, 2012 at 01:28 PM
How did you witness them personally, do you work at the school? lets get the facts straight on this First if the kid was going 60mph why was their a line of kids behind that car one so close in fact she landed on the second car. So were they all going 60? Second it has not been proven the kid had any drugs on him yet( that may be true) lets let a court decide his guilt.How could he be on drugs when school just let out? The lot was full of cars how in the world could this kid have been going that fast, lets all think people!. One of my kids was hit in that lot just not hurt as bad and I was told this is not a public road so the laws don't apply. This has been going on for years and now this woman is in very bad shape and it's too late to undo this for her. Lets not let it happen again by changing the Admins attitude about safety.
Hartland HS Parent May 17, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Jacob, I didn't mean to imply that you hit her, I apologise if you felt I was I was. And I know that you don't always drive too fast, I think you'll agree that has been a few times in the past two weeks though. As far as my kid goes, you are right (except for the Toyota part, think BMW...), and they have the tickets and traffic school to show for it. I address this with them often, I am thankful they have remained "accident free". I can tell by the mature way you replied to me, that you understand the need to be careful also, and I appreciate that. Thank you. Like you, I have owned many fast, and fun to drive cars over the years. I can relate to the enjoyment they bring. Please continue to be safe. Enjoy that car, it's a very nice example of what a true "sports car" can be.
Hartland HS Parent May 17, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Bob, it is very simple. If you are at the school every day picking up your child, and you see the same car doing some thing several days in a row, you tell the security gaurd (of Vice Principal), and the next day they (along with the Sherrif's Department) are watching for them. It happens every year at this time. Last year, it was a kid driving an unregistered, uninsured, pick-up. It kind of makes you wonder what thier parents were thinking. Regarding the facts in this case, you are right, let's all wait to see what what they are. It doesn't take too long to light up a joint in the parking lot. It is horrible that your child was hit! and I glad they weren't injured. I know what you are saying about the "laws not applying", it shouldn't be that way. Last year my chid's car was hit and the other driver simply drove off. You are right that the safety issue needs to be addressed. I just don't see how the school could do much more. I like the idea of an Officer in the lot, one who can write "real" tickets. Personally, I don't know why they need to allow all the students to drive to school. Do they all have jobs to go to right after school? Sports? Maybe something can be done to reduce the number of cars down to those who have a reason to drive? I don't know the answer, but I'm right there with you on the fact that it needs to be safe for everyone there.
Hartland Parent May 17, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Who said 60 mph? My child witnessed the accident. The boy who hit Ms. Hazzard decided to pass all the cars in line by going into the oncoming lane of traffic. That is how he got to a higher rate of speed, not 60 mph. Also, to say Mr. Smith that the school administration doesnt care about safety for anyone is almost pathetic. You made yourself sound silly, especially since the school just closed for a preceived threat. It is even less intelligent for you to make a statement about the drug use. My high school daughter personally knows this boy who, as well as others, are under the influence of both drugs and booze at school. Oh yeah, by the way they have sex to....these are resourceful young people who are very busy trying to buck the system. The school does an incredible job with what they have. Just like any "business", they have a budget to follow. Everybody is now aware of the danger and wanting things done about it that cost money. Here is my suggesstion, next time there is a school millage, vote YES. As a parent it is our job to support our childrens school financially. If there is any one person not trained in any school then WE the community are failing because we are not giving them the help they need.
sassyme May 17, 2012 at 03:15 PM
You are lucky the high school has 2 security officers; most schools have NONE!
Jennifer Dutton May 17, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I agree with most of stuff bob has to say. We all have our views on how we see things are done. I personally have driven that parking lot after school and I drive a big suv those kids just want to leave they drive right out in front of me without a care and once one even laughed at me while he did it. They drive over curves laughing horsing of with friends in other cars. I have one in the high school and 4 more to go and I will never let them drive to that school which sucks for them cause they have to be punished . We've all been kids and have done stupid stuff and this kids must have some issues we may not be a ware of don't throw him to the lynch mob just yet. He may be a good kid who had maid some mistakes this ofcoarse being a big one but we can be thankful that she is still around. I personally don't see that they'll be any improvement around the school it is what it is and we just have to try and deal with it. And mistaking the brake and gas is coming espically when your a young driver and freak out. My prayers go out to both sides as both families are suffering thru this horrible accident now.
bob smith May 17, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Voice of reason :) we have all been young.
Hartland Parent May 17, 2012 at 07:09 PM
I agree. I think alot of the agressive behavior in the parking lot couls be taken care of by having more than one exit. As it is every drving student, teachers and parents are trying to leave from one exit at one time. The students can wait in line up to a half hour to forty minutes to reach the light. Cram too many people into one space and problems ensue. I have to say I have dropped my daughter off and picked her up every day this year and the worst driving (by students) has been on Dunham Road.
cheryl May 17, 2012 at 07:54 PM
My prayers go out for Ms.Hazzard. Has anyone thought about forbidding these (children) to drive there cars on campus? It might just solve alot of problems!
Jerry Menyhart May 18, 2012 at 01:44 AM
First of all I want to say, I wish Mrs. Hazzard all the best, she didn't deserve to be hurt by the foolish actions of this young man. Now, Sorry folks but eliminating the students from driving to school is not the answer. More students riding school busses means more school busses in the fleet and that isn't going to happen. Police presence is a good thought, but do they have the time and resources to allocate? I've been saying for years, since the school opened, that it is the worst designed parking lot I've ever encountered!! One Entrance, One Exit! Absurd! Of course these kids get frustrated that they have to wait 45 minutes to get out of the lot, and I know that is no excuse for what he did, however they need to build alternative exits that can be opened only during peak times. The only alternative exits, first of all are always gated and locked (so why have them?), and secondly pass directly through the elementary and middle school parking lots, which would be a disaster waiting to happen! I go to other high schools and they have two and three different access roads with traffic lights at each one....we have one! It's ridiculous! I also agree with Hartland Parent, for the most part the students can't get up to a dangerous speed in the parking lot, but once the traffic light turns green, they accelerate out onto Dunham Road and are flying well beyond the speed limit and creating extremely dangerous possibilities.
Jerry Menyhart May 18, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Parents....TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT DRIVING RECKLESSLY! TAKE AWAY THE KEYS AND MAKE THEM WALK TO SCHOOL IF THEY ARE CAUGHT DRIVING CARELESSLY!! I haven't had any problems with my son on the school bus since he had to walk home for getting kicked off of it!! I bet it would work with your kids too!
Lori Gaines May 18, 2012 at 10:19 AM
I agree with you Jerry, it is poorly designed. I had to go to the high school yesterday at dismissal and they have opened the Creekside gate. What a difference! Traffic flowed so much better. It is such an easy solution, open the gates for a short time at the end of the high school day and close them during the dismissal time for Creekside. I hope they continue this practice.
NotLazy May 18, 2012 at 01:20 PM
How about some suggestions to fix the problem: 1. Limit driving and parking in the lot to seniors only? 2. Limit it to students with a 3.0 GPA or better? (thats an incentive to study) 3. Make most staff (teachers included) physically monitor the parking lot? 4. Speed Bumps, speed bumps, speed bumps? 5. Cameras, with daily revies by security? 6. Hartland pays for Livingston County Sheriffs to patrol the jurisdiction, have them spend the closing hour in the parking lot? (Reckless driving tickets can be issued on private property) Prayers to the Hazzard family.....
Hartland HS Parent May 18, 2012 at 01:35 PM
All very good ideas on how to improve on this situation. It is very unfortunate that it had to come down to someone being hurt. That said, I understand that the students are doing some fundraising and that there has been a bank account set up somewhere for those who wish to donate to offset some of Ms Hazzard's medical costs. Does anyone have that information? Our community has taken some hits lately, and will never be perfect, but it really is a great place to live and raise children.
Hartland HS Parent May 18, 2012 at 01:38 PM
I feel the same way about the parking lot design (even the curb cut-outs to the lots and too narrow), and the walking to school.
Kenny May 18, 2012 at 05:33 PM
This is very true. The school was contacted on multiple occasions by myself alone and I know of many other parents who have made phone calls to the school about the parking lot. They FINALLY opened up a second gate the day after Mrs. hazzard was hit, it's very dissapointing that it takes altering two peoples life completly for the school to finally make an imporvement in their parking lot design. Best wishes to all involved in this terrible accident :(
Kenny May 18, 2012 at 05:33 PM
This is very true. The school was contacted on multiple occasions by myself alone and I know of many other parents who have made phone calls to the school about the parking lot. They FINALLY opened up a second gate the day after Mrs. hazzard was hit, it's very dissapointing that it takes altering two peoples life completly for the school to finally make an imporvement in their parking lot design. Best wishes to all involved in this terrible accident :(
Sparty Pants May 19, 2012 at 01:57 AM
I'd like to see the gates opened permanently. All day, everyday.
Mary May 19, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Seriously. Seniors only!!! If you have a drivers lic. you should be able to drive! GPA of 3.0, Some kids just can't make the grades. Yes, there are kids out there that are average and there is nothing wrong with average. I agree with you on the teachers, and staff, they should rotate who needs to be out in the parking lot. Speed bumps are a snow removal issue. Camera are a good idea but cost money. So NotLazy, your remarks are unbelievable. So your saying that we should single out kids. Wrong, Wrong, Wrong and many levels.
Nancy May 19, 2012 at 11:36 PM
What is the possibility of having a staggered release time for drivers? Would 10 minute increments help? Sophomore's first, ten minutes later Juniors, then Seniors last. This is letting the less experienced drivers out when there is less congestion. It's an age old problem. Everyone is always in a hurry to get out and some place else, be it leaving a factory job or school.
laina suttman May 20, 2012 at 01:00 AM
First & formost I want to send my thanks to Mrs Hazard and wish her a speedy recovery. She was truly an asset to the school and did her best to address the issue of young drivers behaving badly. She could only do so much. In 2008-9 the school had opened the gate by the sports complex that lead out to a street near the post office. Can anyone tell me why that was closed as an exit? And why talking about this ongoing problem is flagged as inappropriate. Many concerns have been voiced about this problem and not adequately addressed. The principal and the parents need to get out there and start taking names/licence plate numbers down and suspend and fine those who are reckless. The parking fees and fines can fund this instead of sports or what ever the fees are going to now. These fees and fines collected (which would go up if there was more supervision)would support this much needed cause. It only makes sense. And parents, take time to go see what really happens on any given day at Hartland High. Go out there and make it your problem next time it could be your kid getting hurt or hurting someone.


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