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Girl Hit by Car Outside School

The 11-year-old was hospitalized with minor injuries after the first day of school.

An 11-year-old girl was hit by a car while crossing Third Avenue in front of the Thursday afternoon, according to Police Chief Frank Regino.

A crossing guard had stopped traffic on Third Avenue and a driver was turning left from Pine Street when the girl began crossing toward the school, Regino said. The driver did not appear to be at fault, he said.

The girl was hospitalized but appeared to have only minor injuries, including a bump on her head and some bruises on her arms and legs, according to Regino. Principal Charles Seipp said the girl was conscious and speaking to him before she was taken to the hospital.

Thursday was the first day of school. Classes were dismissed at 2:45 p.m. and the incident happened around 3 p.m., Seipp said.

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David September 06, 2012 at 09:46 PM
How can the driver be not at fault? Unless the crossing guard signaled for him/her to make the left turn. Regardless, pedestrians have the right of way.
Westwood Resident September 07, 2012 at 12:53 AM
The crossing guard did, and that is why the driver is not at fault.
Cold Rain September 07, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Crossing guards are trained to stop traffic and not direct it!
Louise Miller September 07, 2012 at 01:01 PM
When the Bus Loop was put in & school switch was made this intersection created an accident waiting to happen. Now it did! The traffic is incredible at pick up & drop off times ALL around the school - not to mention it was the first day of school. I park & pick up on that street almost everyday. What REALY matters is if the child is okay in addition to the safety of the rest of the children...
scruffy September 07, 2012 at 02:32 PM
However this had nothing to do with the bus loop. It was a confusion between the child over who was to cross, the car from the side street or her. Unfortunately the child moved when it should only have been the car. Thank goodness she was not seriously injured. The first days of school always have more cars than normal. I am sure the Westwood Police and the Crossing Guard as well as the Schoiol Administrators are going over the scenario. This is not something that is taken lightly by anyone.
Concerned September 07, 2012 at 08:52 PM
the crossing guard should not have been signaling for a car to exit from a side street while holding up the traffic on the main street. Traffic guards are supposed to signal children to cross not cars! No wonder the child was confused!
Concerned September 07, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Exactly! They are supposed to direct children
Westwood Resident September 09, 2012 at 09:29 PM
I understand everyone has a right to their own opinions, but before everyone makes assumptions as what happened how about the truth. The girl who was injured in the accident had already crossed Third Ave towards Pine with a group of other students. Once the group of students reached the opposite side safely, the crossing guard allowed the cars to turn onto Third since traffic is always backed up on Pine. For an unknown reason, the girl decided she needed to go back across the road. At this point the car was already heading for the bus lane and that is when the accident occurred.I believe that it is evident that both the driver and the crossing guard were not at fault. Unfortunately, this just appears to be a horrible “accident”. Everyone who had children that attended (or attending) Ketler and now the middle school knows how much traffic there is both down Third Ave and Pine. Parents are continually dropping their children off half way down Pine, where the children are forced to walk alongside cars since there are no sidewalks. Has anyone considered that the bus lane is part of the problem? The school has okayed cars to come in the bus loop for both drop-off/pick up before the busses arrive then once the busses have been cleared in the afternoon. Maybe the B.O.E and the Westwood PD need to reevaluate how much traffic there is both in the morning and the afternoon. Hopefully, there can be a solution to both solve the traffic issue and to ensure the safety of the children.
Common Cents September 11, 2012 at 06:02 PM
The ticking time bomb has finally exploded. And as one could figure, the cops are there monitoring a day late. The unknown need to move the middle school to Ketler instead of leaving it where it was is beyond me. As stated in previous comments, when the school was built all the present vehicle traffic was not a factor. The concentration of children in this one area, particulary after school is incredible. A county road, and a side street directly across from the sidewalk was OK fifty years ago. Actually it most likely was planned that way so the children could get across the what was "busy" road at the time and dispurse through the back streets and go home. Now all the studies, that have failed the children, caused a tragedy. Nobody in their right mind concerned about the safety of children, would have added another egress compounding the traffic flow infront of a school. Those who approved this may cry that "There was no other place." "It's part of a master plan." Plan for who? Now the crossing guard, driver and parents have to live with what happened and continue to punish themselves on what should they have done to prevent the accident. I hope the little girl gets better soon, and I hope somebody follows up and contacts the NJDOT and tries to get the bus lane closed. All those who planned this; borough traffic committee, engineering professionals and administration, should be held accountable.

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