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Elementary Student Hit by Car, Taken to Hospital as Precaution

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Authorities say a student at Rita Cannan Elementary was hurt Monday afternoon after running across the street after school was let out.

A Washoe County School District representative tells Channel 2 the student was hit by a car and suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The student was taken to a nearby hospital as a precaution.

Interim WCSD Police Chief Jason Trevino wants to remind Northern Nevadans that it is not just the driver's responsibility to keep the roads safe, it is the responsibility of pedestrians and the students as well.

"The main thing students can do is obey the traffic signals and traffic laws as well," he said. "Not crossing on red lights, not crossing midblock when they are walking in front of traffic that is not expecting them, looking for the crosswalks that are already there."

It's also against the law for a car to pass a school bus that stops to load or unload children. Bus drivers use yellow flashing lights to warn motorists they are about to pick up or drop off children. Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign mean the bus is currently at a stop and children are in the process of getting on or coming off.

Besides being extra cautious around school buses, inside school zones and on the streets surrounding schools, drivers should also keep their eyes peeled for children using crosswalks. The National Safety Council warns that motorists should never block or edge into crosswalks with their vehicles, because this can force pedestrians to go around the car and enter a risky situation.

At home, keep your yard and nearby sidewalks free of obstacles, such as overgrown bushes or large holes and cracks, which could block a child's vision or otherwise cause an accident. Also, be a bit more aware of what's taking place in your neighborhood or around the children you see, and report any unusual activity to police.

(The City of Sparks also contributed to this report.)
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