Roseville Middle School student who was struck by vehicle is still on life support

By: Maria Allard | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published May 3, 2022

 Roseville Middle School seventh grade student Julia Wallace is on life support after being struck by a car April 26 on her way to school. A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for the family’s medical expenses.

Roseville Middle School seventh grade student Julia Wallace is on life support after being struck by a car April 26 on her way to school. A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for the family’s medical expenses.

Photo from Prayers4JuliaGrace GoFundMe page

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ROSEVILLE — A GoFundMe page has been established to raise money for the family of Roseville Middle School student Julia Wallace, who is still hospitalized and on life support a week after being struck by a car while walking to school at Martin Road and Barkman Street at approximately 7:20 a.m. April 26.

At press time, $23,340 of the $50,000 goal had been raised at the “Prayers4JuliaGrace” page, gofundme.com/f/prayers4juliagrace

The May 2 Roseville Community Schools Board of Education meeting began when Board President Theresa Genest held “a moment of reflection” for Wallace and for the first responders at the scene.

“It was a busy day and we appreciate them,” she said. “I also feel sorry for the gentleman that hit her. He’s feeling really bad too.”

During the meeting, Superintendent Mark Blaszkowski announced that the city was to begin a traffic study in the area this week.

“It’s a process. It doesn’t happen overnight,” Blaszkowski said. “We know that we need something to be done. We don’t know what that’s going to look like; again, it’s up to the city. 

“The district has no control over putting a crossing guard there, putting a stop sign there, putting a light there,” he continued. “In fact, if we were to put somebody out there to direct traffic without permission from the Police Department, there’s all kinds of liability issues that could occur in the district. And any individual that goes out there and does it by themselves without permission from the Police Department, you’re putting yourself out there for liability.”

According to Blaszkowski, there was more traffic than usual at the intersection at the time of the morning when Wallace, a seventh grader, was hit. That was because of the shooting that occurred earlier in the morning on Groesbeck Highway, just south of 12 Mile Road, in which Roseville Community Schools Building and Grounds employee Frank Robles was shot by police and died after he reportedly approached police with a knife and did not follow orders to drop the knife. The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting. 

“(It) diverted all of the traffic for hours to come down Martin Road because 12 Mile was shut down … so all that traffic ended up going by the school,” Blaszkowski said. “It was unforeseen, and we believe that may have been a contributing factor to the tragic accident.”

Last week, the district’s crisis team was available to meet with staff members or students who wanted to talk about the vehicle striking Wallace. A vigil was held May 1 in Roseville to offer prayers for her recovery. 

“The girl is still fighting the fight,” Blaszkowski said. “We know how devastating that is to the family. It’s devastating to us too. Every single kid that goes to our school is like one of our own kids. We take that to heart. It’s tough because it affects all the students. I think everyone is trying to offer thoughts and prayers to the family that she can come through this. I know the school is supporting what (the family) needs.”

At the April 27 Roseville Community Schools Band-O-Rama concert at Roseville Middle School, Blaszkowski said, an empty chair was left out to represent Wallace, who is a member of the RMS band. At the event, band students from all the district’s schools performed.

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