LOUISBURG — A 12-year-old girl suffered non-life threatening injuries after being struck by a sport utility vehicle late morning Wednesday, May 22, at Crestview St. and W. Amity St. (Kansas Highway 68) in Louisburg, according to the Louisburg Police Department.
Chief Tim Bauer said the girl, who is a middle school student, was attempting to cross the busy street in the crosswalk, from Price Chopper to McDonald’s, without using the pedestrian crossing signal.
Emergency responders reported the girl was transported to an area hospital for further examination and treatment. Chief Bauer said he later received word that the girl had been treated and released from the hospital.
“That’s the best outcome you could hope for in this type of (vehicle-pedestrian) situation,” Bauer said.
The SUV was traveling through a green light, and the adult female driver did not see the girl in time to prevent the accident, Bauer said he was told.
The chief said some middle school students had been in the area, after getting out of class earlier than normal because it was the last day of school.
“That’s a congested area, with people turning in and out of businesses,” Bauer said. “Cars are traveling through there at 40 mph. Pedestrians and bicyclists need to take every precaution to make sure it’s safe to cross, and always use the crosswalk signal.”
The chief said the crosswalk signal at the intersection is synced with the traffic light.
Bauer said pedestrian and bicycle traffic ramps up at this time of year.
“Louisburg Police would like to remind all drivers to be extra aware and cautious with children playing and being more active throughout town with the end of the school year and summer upon us,” the department said in a Facebook post.
“Parents are encouraged to remind their children to practice good pedestrian and bicyclist safety and to use crosswalk signals as available,” the department said.