Oakland High School paraeducator Latonia Sanders was injured when she was hit by an SUV on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 25, at the back gate of the school when a student attempted to move the car for her cousin.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Sanders was in critical but stable condition at Highland Hospital, according to principal Matin Abdel-qawi. She had surgeries on Tuesday immediately after the accident and on Wednesday morning as well. OHS registrar Cynthia Adams, assistant principal Shoshana Towers-Cabrera, and principal Abdel all visited Sanders and her son and mother at the hospital on Wednesday morning.
“I feel really scared and concerned about her well-being,” said resource teacher Amy Wilder, adding that Sanders is “an awesome instructional assistant and she helps students to get the best education.”
The student driver was not licensed or permitted, and had no knowledge of driving, said an OHS junior who is a friend of the driver. He added that the student ran away from the accident at first, but according to Abdel, the student is now cooperating with police.
The student’s friend said that when he went to the scene of the accident, the back gate was attached to the white Chevrolet SUV that the student had been moving.
Wilder said that her students feel “sad and worried” about Sanders. “They hope she will feel better.”