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Chaparral Student Struck by Car After Running into the Street

The boy was transported by ambulance to a local hospital but his injuries were not serious.

A Chaparral Middle School student was struck by a car today but was not seriously injured.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department received a call at 2:10 p.m. that a male student had been hit by a car, said Walnut station Sgt. Marc Saunders.

The student was involved in some "horse Play" with his friends when he ran out into the street and a motorist hit him, Saunders said.

"The driver had no opportunity to stop," he said.

The boy was transported to a local hospital by ambulance. His injuries were not serious, Saunders said.
Shawn Aguirre December 06, 2013 at 12:41 PM
I was at the accident scene, I am a RN and assisted the boy until the ambulance came to the accident.This is my second experience assisting with a child that has been hit in the Chaparral School area, last year a boy was involved in a hit and run in the crosswalk and I assisted him. So even using a crosswalk does not guarantee that our children are safe. However, children crossing the street especially on Spruce St as they walk down the hill, is a huge safety issue. The amount of traffic after school is very heavy. In the morning there is often a police car on this street to prevent cars from turning that way in the am. I really feel a police car needs to be there in afternoon to ensure that the children do not run back and forth across the street and to watch the speed of the cars. In might not be the case in this situation, but many people drive more than speed limit, make their own "lanes", park in red curb areas on Mountain Laurel, make illegal U turns in spite of signage, and even block the crosswalk with their cars waiting for their kids. No cell phones, no texting, following speed limits and taking the time to wait your turn needs to be enforced. As adults it is our responsibility to ensure that we take every safety precaution possible to protect all of the kids. They are kids, they have the judgement and insight of a child, we need to make it safe. Please talk to your kids about safety, using the crosswalks, being aware of their environment, not playing in the street or pushing each other into the street. And parents put down your phones, take your time, follow the traffic plan- no illegal u turns, no parking in red zones, do not block crosswalks. No one should ever have to experience getting a phone call that their child was hit. He did sustain a broken leg per messaging my son received. Could have been much worse. I work with patients that have traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries and many of these situations are related to accidents. PREVENTION! That is our best defense. Make our school zones safe.
Shawn Aguirre December 06, 2013 at 01:00 PM
My suggestion is- follow the same traffic plan as in morning. No right turn on Spruce before or after school. This ensure that there is no traffic on Spruce which is the street all the kids use to walk down to crosswalk.

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