You said it, Smitherd. Shashank said the same to me in the hospital. This is the first time a student has been hit in nearly 30 years. And though the article mentions that Shashank and Danielle were not using a crosswalk, that's probably because one doesn't exist there. Or close to there. But it's a common place to cross the street nonetheless.
So even though it's fun to stand on your virtual front porch and shout "Whippersnappers!" informing us all how righteous and upstanding people were in the old days, maybe you should bear in mind there always remains the possibility that the young whippersnappers aren't entirely at fault.