EU High stu­dent struck while she walked to school

Ripon Bulletin - - Front Page - By GLENN KAHL

The glare of the morn­ing sun was blamed on a “slow speed” pedes­trian ac­ci­dent where an East Union High School se­nior was hit in a cross­walk by an east­bound ve­hi­cle on Northgate Drive near the school’s tennis courts.

Man­teca Po­lice of­fi­cers said the 7:30 a.m. Fri­day ac­ci­dent in­volved the sun blind­ing the

driver. The girl was thrown sev­eral feet to the pave­ment when the ve­hi­cle struck her. Friends said she re­ceived a bro­ken pelvis and two bruises to the brain and noted that she would re­quire sev­eral weeks of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ther­apy in her re­cov­ery.

The cause of the crash con­tin­ues to be in­ves­ti­gated to de­ter­mine if there were any other con­tribut­ing fac­tors in the in­ci­dent that led to the ac­ci­dent. She was trans­ported to an area hospi­tal and was re­leased to go home on Tues­day.

It was the third ve­hi­cle ver­sus pedes­trian ac­ci­dent in three years in­volv­ing stu­dents walk­ing to school or while par­tic­i­pat­ing in a school ac­tiv­ity. A Shasta School first grader was struck and killed last year while cross­ing an in­ter­sec­tion head­ing to school. Also last year a Man­teca High cross coun­try run­ner on a train­ing run was struck while cross­ing Mof­fat Boule­vard as he re­turned to the cam­pus.

Not nec­es­sar­ily the case with the Fri­day mishap, but stu­dents have been warned about watch­ing mo­torists care­fully as they cross the streets and not fo­cus­ing on their cell phones. Not see­ing the driver’s face while look­ing down can limit a pedes­trian’s abil­ity to take eva­sive ac­tion of needed.

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