11-Year-Old In Critical Condition Following Accident

Fresno, CA The accident marks the third time the older students at Maple Creek deal with a tragic accident involving a classmate. School psychologists were on the campus Tuesday to help students cope with the news. Unfortunately, it's a situation some students and faculty have already been through. "If something happens once, it's a terrible blow. And when you see it happening again, on the one hand, you have some skills to deal with that because you've had to go through it again. But on the other hand, it's a blow each time," said Clovis Unified Spokesperson Kelly Avants.

Maple Creek has lost two students in the last 3 and a half years. Seven year old Alyssa Samansky girl died after being hit by a car in a Save Mart parking lot back in November of 2005. Nine year old Sebastian Amezcua died in December of 2007, after an unlicensed driver plowed into his family's vehicle. His little brother, Emmanual, was also critically injured. He's since made a full recovery and is still a student at Maple Creek. Monday night, his father talked to him about the latest accident. "I let him it was the same situation that he was in. Where she's at right now… where we don't know how things are going in the hospital and all we can do is pray," said German Amezcua.

Amezcua says he's praying for the little girl's family and hoping she, too, will survive and make a full recovery. He's also praying for Maple Creek students, who've already been through so much. "They've gone through a lot. So I pray for them also that they're okay. It's not easy for an adult to go through things like that. God bless those kids, because they're strong. It's a great community, a great school," said Amezcua.

The sixth grade student is in critical condition at Community Regional Medical Center. The accident is still under investigation, and it's unclear what, if any, role a power outage in the area played in the crash.

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