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.” 

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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