This case involves a young child who was struck by a car during her walk to school. The highway where the girl was walking had no sidewalk, and the speed limit was excessive for a road that allowed pedestrian traffic. In addition, the pedestrian crosswalk was narrow, and there were no crossing guards or other measures to ensure pedestrian safety while crossing. The speed limit was reduced and efforts to render the intersection safe were expanded after the accident occurred. It was alleged that the state Department of Transportation was negligent in both their maintenance and design of the highway, and that this negligence contributed directly to the accident in question.