HILLIARD, Ohio (WCMH) — A Hilliard Darby High School student was struck by a vehicle Thursday morning in a school crosswalk. She was just released from the hospital and family said she is doing fine.
A 76-yr-old female driver was ticketed for failure to yield the right-of-way in a crosswalk.
Senior Spencer Hagar was on his way to school when he saw the accident.
“I turned the corner and I saw a white car skid to a halt, what looked to be a girl on the ground, she was just lying there and it looked like an elderly woman was driving the car,” Hagar said.
The accident happened in the crosswalk at Leppert Road and Laura Lane just after 7 a.m.
“While I was walking across from the crash it was already so dark and cars have their light flashing on you, they really don’t see you till the last second if they are paying attention and if they are not it is definitely hard to spot pedestrians sometimes,” Hagar said
Hilliard Division of Police Spokesperson Officer Hyda Slone said the student was in the pedestrian crosswalk when she was struck. There is word yet on the student or driver’s names.
Police released this warning shortly after the accident:
It is now getting dark sooner and staying dark longer. This can cause heightened pedestrian safety issues. Drivers, pay closer attention at crosswalks and school zones. Parents make sure to talk with your child about basic pedestrian safety tips. This is especially important for bicycle riders or kids crossing dark parking lots. Together we can prevent pedestrian injury crashes.
“While I was walking across from the crash it was already so dark and cars have their light flashing on you, they really don’t see you till the last second if they are paying attention and if they are not it is definitely hard to spot pedestrians sometimes,” Hagar said.
The school resource officer, Jon Gleason, cautioned both drivers and pedestrians.
“As a driver you may see headlights coming at you, you may not distinguish a body walking across the roadway if you are blinded by oncoming headlights and that can pose a very serious hazard,” Gleason said.
He asked driver to slow down around crosswalks, and said pedestrians need brighter clothing and should not be distracted by wearing headphones or talking on cellphones when they are crossing roads.
Hagar said his parents have also cautioned him.
”My parents have definitely been stressing driving safer and watch where I am going.”
NBC4 examined Hilliard police reports from over the last year and counted seven people hit by vehicles just in crosswalks including this morning’s accident.
The driver in the Leppert Road accident was charged, possibly with failure to yield the right away, but that report has yet to be made public.