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School district wants walkway examined after student hit

Published On: Jan 04 2013 07:32:49 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 04 2013 07:34:48 PM CST
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JANESVILLE, Wis. -

Drivers using Crosby Avenue in Janesville may see more signs alerting them to a crosswalk in front of Franklin Middle School.

The suggestion comes just days after a 13-year-old girl was struck by a truck.

"It's one of those situations where the driver isn't being cautious enough and should have slowed down to make sure there was no one in the crosswalk," said Sgt. Brian Vaughn with the Janesville Police Department.

The accident happened Wednesday morning before school.

Investigators describe the vehicle as a truck used to pick up dump trucks.

A Janesville school district official said the girl was hurt, but not seriously.

"She returned back to school. She suffered some bruises to her hip, her elbow and some minor scrapes," said Dr. Yolanda Cargile, director of student services at the Janesville School District.

School district leaders are suggesting that the city put a standing sign in the crosswalk plus a flashing sign nearby as a visual reminder to drivers that pedestrians may be crossing there.

"That will bring better attention to the drivers as they are going through that area in an effort to, hopefully, to reduce any accidents," said Cargile.

Police said there haven't been any other pedestrian accidents there in the past, but the walkway does not have a crossing guard.

City engineers are now studying the area, although no timetable has been set for when or if the school district's suggestions could go into effect.

"We also have crossing guards at two other intersections within a short distance  from where this crossing is and we encourage the kids to use those crossings," said Sgt. Vaughn.

The driver involved was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. That's a fine of more than $175 and four points against your license.

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