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UPDATE: 14-Year-Old Student Hit By Teen Driver, Police Say

Student was crossing Garretson Road at the time, suffers non-life-threatening injuries.

A 14-year-old girl was crossing Garretson Road from the Bridgewater YMCA parking lot Thursday when she was hit by a car driven by a 17-year-old, police said.

According to Bridgewater Township Police Lt. Al Nicaretta, the girl was crossing from the YMCA to the high school around 6:55 a.m.

Nicaretta said a 17-year-old driver was traveling east on Garretson Road and failed to see her in the crosswalk that goes directly from the YMCA to the school property.

The girl, Nicaretta said, was taken to Somerset Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.

Superintendent of Schools Michael Schilder released a statement earlier on Thursday, saying the student was in the designated crosswalk on Garretson Road when she was hit by a vehicle traveling on the road in front of the high school.

"Early indication was that her injuries were minor," he said.

The driver, Schilder said, was issued a motor vehicle summons for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Schilder said there was no crossing guard at that location, and that the police are responsible for determining where crossing guards should be located in the district.

"To my knowledge, a crossing guard has never been assigned to that location by the Bridgewater Police Department," he said.

Eileen Buckley—a Martinsville parent whose junior daughter, Noelle, saw the girl on the ground after the accident—said she always arrives at the school between 6:45 a.m. and 6:50 a.m. to drop her daughter off.

"I can tell you that I'm not surprised at all that a child was hit by a car this morning," she said. "The amount of traffic and the speed that some cars are driving at is frightening. The addition of the arriving school buses also contributes to limited visibility in the area."

And local resident Jacquie Zeiman, whose children are not yet at the high school, said she was surprised to hear that there are no crossing guards or police around during the morning arrival time.

"This concerns me as a parent of two children who will be attending the school in the coming years," she said. "But I am confident that the administration has the best interests of our children at heart, and will take the necessary corrective steps to ensure their safety."

Brandon Knox September 30, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Welcome to New Jersey - where the taxes are high, problems are many, and the government totally unresponsive. I've lived in other parts of the country and solving a problem like this was a non-issue.
Mike October 01, 2012 at 01:31 AM
I thought we needed less/smaller gum'mint? That's what NJ 101.5FM and FOX News keep telling me...???
Gerianne October 02, 2012 at 03:25 PM
I agree! I am extremely happy that she was not seriously injured. But once again, where is the personal responsibility? We were always taught to Stop, Look and Listen before crossing even if you have a green light or are in a crosswalk. Certainly if you are old enough to be in the High School you should be old enough to safely cross the street!
Gerianne October 02, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Oh don't worry about silly things like money! Our property taxes can always be raised to cover the cost (written in jest)
Gerianne October 02, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Can you imagine the traffic backups on Country Club Road, Woodlawn Ave ant Bridge Street if traffic lights were installed? Get real!

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