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UPDATE: Student Hit by Car Suffers Broken Leg

Police say student was running in between traffic when he was struck by a car.

A student who was hit by a car Wednesday afternoon while running in the street was hospitalized with a broken leg, Sgt. John Hurd said.

At about 2:15 p.m. emergency crews were sent to a collision at the intersection of Fourth and Wood streets, near football field.

Witnesses told police the student was running in between stop-and-go traffic on Fourth Street when he crossed over into the westbound lane and in front of a car.

"He got lucky," Hurd said. "It could have been a lot worse."

At the scene, a Honda Civic's windshield was smashed, and police were interviewing a woman, who was visibly upset.

Hurd said the student was taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley.

Police said another student was hit by a vehicle Wednesday afternoon while crossing the street near El Padro and Ontario drives.

The student in that case suffered minor injuries, Hurd said.

In the wake of Wednesday's accidents, police are reminding motorists to be extra cautious driving near schools.

"It's also a good reminder for parents to talk with their kids about traffic safety," Hurd said.

Police also have provided back-to-school traffic safety tips .

Sonya August 25, 2011 at 11:15 PM
I am glad nobody was seroiusly hurt, but why was the kid running in and out of traffic? It's all funny till somebody gets hurt. Parents can teach there kids proper traffic safety, but it's up to the kids to do it!
Frannie August 26, 2011 at 12:03 AM
I live across the street from St. Michael's School and down the street from Livermore High and I have seen the many unsafe street crossings of the students and parents over the years. I have mentioned these events several times to City Council and City Hall; especially with the increase of traffic that is due to more cars on 4th street since the renovation and narrowing of First Street.
Anthony Hendrickson August 26, 2011 at 01:13 AM
to bad theres no CROSS WALK for like more than a whole block!
Mark Tarte August 26, 2011 at 06:26 AM
Special, Eden was designated a 24 hour trauma center years ago, when the local emergency room was still in Livermore at the old Valley Memorial Hospital. There are protocols in place for EMS personnel concerning who should go where. If he had a broken leg, that is part of the protocol for transporting to a trauma center rather than the emergency room in Pleasanton. I agree though, we have grown to the point in a valley to require a designated trauma center.
Stac August 26, 2011 at 07:22 AM
First, very thankful this young man is okay. He's learned a hard lesson. And yes, a crosswalk near where he was hit is needed. Growing up in Pleasanton, we went to Safety Town and we all learned how to use crosswalks to cross the street, or cross at corners when it was safe. We learned to WALK our bikes across, not ride them or dart across 2 lanes of traffic, cars be damned, to use the left hand turn lane so we can pretend we're driving. Whoever decided that a bicycle is a "motor vehicle" & subject to the motor vehicle code and let these common sense rules go by the way side is responsible. Parents can talk until they're blue in the face, but when kids see "adults" making very dangerous decisions walking or riding their bikes, it reinforces kids belief that they're "invincible". I realize not all bicyclists are so careless, but I see plenty of them on a daily basis riding to and from the Lab. Also not stopping at stop signs or stop lights. You can't have it both ways....

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