Two Memorial Middle School students were struck by a car while crossing River Road on their walk home from class Thursday, a crossing guard who witnessed the accident said.
The girls, ages 11 and 12, were crossing with the light and inside the crosswalk when a car turning left from Berdan Avenue onto River Road struck both of them in the rear, sending one of the girls flying into the air, crossing guard Mel Schultz said.
The driver, who said she never saw the kids, immediately stopped her vehicle and got out of the car to tend to the children, who were both knocked to the ground, Schultz said.
The girls were shaken up and crying, but did not appear to suffer any serious injuries and walked away from the accident. Officer Timothy Franco, who responded to the call, said the girls complained primarily of leg pain.
Franco declined to comment any further on the accident until he completed his investigation.
Schultz, who was on the side of the street caddy corner to the girls when they were struck, said it was the first time in his 12 years as a crossing guard that he'd seen a child struck by a car. He speculated that the bright glare from the sun shining in the driver's eye may have prevented her from seeing the children.