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Two students injured in collisions on their way to school

Posted by Katrina Ballard  November 8, 2010 01:04 PM

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Two Day Middle School students were injured on their way to school this morning when they were hit by cars in separate accidents, Newton police said.

Both of the students were taken to Newton Wellesley Hospital for treatment of leg injuries. In an email to parents that was sent out this afternoon, Principal Brian Turner said, "We have been in touch with both families and are very happy to report that both students are doing well."

Teachers have been instructed to refer anyone who may need counciling to the guidence team, especially a few students who witnessed one or both of the accidents, said Turner.

Police said one of the injured students, an 11-year-old girl, was walking to school with her mother and had arrived at the southwest corner of Crafts Street and Linwood Avenue at about 7:50 a.m.

The mother stopped at the intersection, but the girl ran between two eastbound cars that were stopped at the stop sign on Linwood. As the girl emerged from between the cars, she was struck by a car that was headed west on Linwood.

No charges have been filed against the 42-year-old Watertown woman who was driving the car, police said.

Minutes later, another 11-year-old girl was struck by a car on her way to Day Middle school at the same intersection.

According to police, the girl arrived at the northeast corner of Crafts Street and Linwood Avenue and pressed the signal to cross. The signal lit, and the girl began to cross when a northbound vehicle on Crafts hit the girl.

The 64-year-old woman from Newton who was driving the car is being charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. The driver said she was distracted by the emergency vehicles on the scene of the first crash.

Turner said in the email that the school is part of Mayor Setti Warren's recently formed Transportation Safety Committee, and they would work to make travel to and from school as safe as possible.

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