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Two Children Struck While Crossing River Road

A driver turning left onto River Road from Berdan Avenue struck two middle schoolers walking home from school Thursday, a crossing guard said.

Two Memorial Middle School students were struck by a car while crossing River Road on their walk home from class Thursday, a crossing guard who witnessed the accident said.

The girls, ages 11 and 12, were crossing with the light and inside the crosswalk when a car turning left from Berdan Avenue onto River Road struck both of them in the rear, sending one of the girls flying into the air, crossing guard Mel Schultz said.

The driver, who said she never saw the kids, immediately stopped her vehicle and got out of the car to tend to the children, who were both knocked to the ground, Schultz said.

The girls were shaken up and crying, but did not appear to suffer any serious injuries and walked away from the accident. Officer Timothy Franco, who responded to the call, said the girls complained primarily of leg pain.

Franco declined to comment any further on the accident until he completed his investigation.

Schultz, who was on the side of the street caddy corner to the girls when they were struck, said it was the first time in his 12 years as a crossing guard that he'd seen a child struck by a car. He speculated that the bright glare from the sun shining in the driver's eye may have prevented her from seeing the children.

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BellairBerdan February 20, 2013 at 02:36 AM
LOL do you mean "we" your multiple one comment accounts? I've been a crossing guard, friend of a crossing guard, school administrator, government employee and history teacher in this thread alone. I think what you know is even less than Kim and Squirrel, if that's possible.
CC February 20, 2013 at 12:28 PM
There are four of us. One ran with early theory which was close but wrong. But we did nail the CC info fairly quickly. Social media and web links outted you. We'll stop posting as soon as you acknolodge "CC" publicly.
Squirrel Head February 20, 2013 at 03:37 PM
I don't know who you are, but I know what you are.
L March 07, 2013 at 08:14 PM
You didn't see people in the morning or evening going 90 miles a hr to drop off or pick - up there kids. They deserve the tickets. Berdan is a raceway.going to the jr.hs.
Kim March 08, 2013 at 03:55 AM
I would just like to say that it's unfortunate that it took two kids getting hit by a car to actually get this guy to do his job but He has been standing at his post and even on the opposite corner near Jot Dental actually crossing the kids. I would also like to add that as I was behind a vehicle which was turning onto River Road, in the same manner as the vehicle involved in this incident, the crossing guard actually stepped off the curb, lifted his sign and the vehicle STOPPED , to allow the children to cross safely. Hopefully he continues earning his pay.

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