Crossing guard 'knew something bad was going to happen'

SANGAREE, SC (WCSC) - School crossing guard Natalie Boles, who was hit by a pick up truck outside Sangaree Intermediate school Wednesday, told a friend she had a bad feeling about the intersection where she worked and was thinking about hanging up her stop sign just a day before the accident.

"She told me she wouldn't mind hanging up her sign," said friend Ronnie Martin.

Martin put on the brakes, Thursday, after he heard a Boles was hit in front of his son's school. Martin says once he found out Boles was hit doing her job at the intersection of Royle Road and School House Lane, he was shaken.

Martin says it was eerie because of what Boles had told him just a day before the accident. He says the crossing guard told him she was having second thoughts about her work because of how bad the intersection had become.

"After her telling me that and her getting hit," said Martin. "To me that was a sign she knew something bad was going to happen."

Martin says he's watched Boles dodge bumpers and take abuse at the intersection before she was hit.

"Cars not listening, honking the horn at her, getting ticked off at her," Martin recited. "I've seen them almost get hit by cars before. To me they're stepping up to keep our kids safe. You know people should be decent enough to watch out for them."

Since Boles has been in critical care at MUSC, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office has added patrols to the crossing zones outside of Sanagree Elementary and Intermediate schools.

Martin says after listening to Boles' premonition, and hearing what happened to her, he's not taking a back seat. He wants to see a change to the intersection.

"I see her everyday," said Martin. "That's a face that I'm used to seeing. Now with her being in the hospital you begin to wonder what exactly is going on at this intersection."

Family friends say Boles is recovering but she is still listed in critical condition at MUSC. Although she's not out of the woods, she is responsive.

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