School crossing guard struck by vehicle

A student at Parkway Elementary School was struck by a vehicle Wednesday at about noon.

  • Jun. 29, 2011 5:00 a.m.

A student at Parkway Elementary School was struck by a vehicle Wednesday at about noon.

School district superintendent Wendy Hyer said the female student was serving in the role of crosswalk attendant at the time of the accident.

“She was out in the crosswalk with her sign up and her vest on and she started to walk backwards, which is what they do with their sign, and once they get to the curb they put their sign down to allow the cars to pass through. This woman came along in a Chevrolet Blazer and ran over her feet.,” said Sgt. Rick Dellebuur, adding speed and alcohol were not factors in the incident. “She was subsequently charged with failing to obey a school patroller.”

The 11-year-old student was taken to hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries. It is believed she suffered some form of injury to her feet.

“For the most part people are pretty cognizant of school zones and watching out, but it’s that time of year when schools are closing down for the summer and perhaps people get complacent thinking school is out. Drivers still have to pay attention around the school zones and especially the playground zones,” said Dellebuur.

Parkway Elementary School principal Kelly Jones said it was strictly an accident and that the driver of the vehicle, who was picking up her child at the time of the early dismissal from the last day of classes, was driving the speed limit.

He also wants to remind drivers to slow down and pay attention, especially in school and playground zones.