Student struck while crossing roadway near Lakota school

Credit: Nick Graham

Credit: Nick Graham

WEST CHESTER TWP. — A Lakota elementary student was struck by a car walking to school Wednesday morning but was not seriously injured.

West Chester police and fire personnel were called to Smith Road around 8 a.m. after an Endeavor Elementary student was hit by a car near the school, which is at 4400 Smith Road.

“Injuries appear to be minor at this time,” said West Chester spokesperson Barb Wilson.

Betsy Fuller, spokeswoman for Lakota Schools, said later Wednesday: “We are grateful that the student involved in this morning’s accident appears to have sustained very minor injuries and was able to go home with his parents.”

The elementary is located adjacent to a number of housing subdivisions and apartment complexes that see many Endeavor students walk to and from school.

“This afternoon, our school resource officer, Nick Gattermeyer, will hold a special meeting with our walkers to remind them of the importance of using the sidewalk until they get to our designated crosswalk where we have crossing guards positioned to help them cross safely,” said Fuller.

“It’s also important to take this opportunity to remind drivers that some of our students are walkers and to please use caution when driving near one of our schools.”

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