Friday, June 25, 2010

2 Children Struck by Car in Front of School

Under the law, drivers are required to reduce speed and be cautious while driving near schools in order to avoid hitting children.

A 50-year-old female driver, from Santa Cruz, may have neglected her duties when she hit an 8-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy in front of Discovery Bay Elementary School in unincorporated Discovery Bay.

According to reports, the girl was walking while her brother was riding a bicycle on the sidewalk along Willow Lake Road east of Riverlake Road when the hit and run accident occurred.

Police said the driver suddenly veered to the right, went over the sidewalk, and sideswiped the boy, which knocked him off the bicycle. The vehicle then hit the girl, said reports.

The boy only suffered from minor abrasions, but his sister needed to be airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center. Although her injuries did not seem to be life-threatening, she was still rushed to the hospital as a precaution.

Investigation is still ongoing, but is does not appear that drugs and alcohol were involved in the accident.