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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 .

Robert August 24, 2011 at 09:38 PM
this was a bad day for my radio to have dead batteries...thanks Kris
Special Ed August 24, 2011 at 10:52 PM
What I find amazing is that the closest emergency medical treatment center if you're injured in Livermore is Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley. I hope I don't get injured in Livermore. You could be dead or dead broke by the time they get you there.
Robert August 24, 2011 at 11:21 PM
I'm sure there was a reason the paramedics had a good reason for transporting the victim to Eden. Eden is the nearest trauma center. If the paramedics felt there was a head injury, or something similar, they wanted to make sure they got the patient to the proper hospital, and ValleyCare Hospital's ER in Pleasanton isn't a Trauma Center. I'm guessing they didn't call for a medical helicopter.
breanna August 25, 2011 at 12:03 AM
i hope the kid is ok and yes i go to LHS and yes i know who it is but im not going to say but i hope he will be ok
Anthony DeGennaro August 25, 2011 at 01:13 AM
i go to highschool with this kid, hes a good friend, but hes gonna be ok, he just broke his leg really bad
Cherry August 25, 2011 at 02:07 AM
I would not be very happy if I was the driver. Parents teach your kids proper traffic safety & teach them to use the CROSS WALK! Hope the kid is ok.
LBS August 25, 2011 at 03:43 AM
I'm so happy no one was seriously injured! I have always been concerned when dropping my child off at school seeing the kids running in between cars to get across the street. They are very reckless. I also witness parents just stopping in the middle of the street with car loads of kids jumping out and running to cross the street. Its crazy and I wish there were patrol cars ticketing people before someone else gets hurt.
Alice August 25, 2011 at 01:24 PM
While stopped at the red light once on East Ave. and Hillcrest, a lady (mom??) behind me let two girls leave the car, cross the median strip to oncoming traffic, cross a red walk sign to get to East Ave. school. I can go on and on with stories like these.
Trevor Tooze August 25, 2011 at 04:33 PM
What I find amazing with reports in the Patch, is how quick some people are to immediately criticize our city services, Please, "Special Ed", give some credit to them. They do not what they are doing, and they all do a great job. Thank god we have them. Thanks for the explanation Robert. I do hope the boy is fine, and I do hope that everyone learns from incidents. Everyone is in a hurry nowadays.
Special Ed August 25, 2011 at 05:14 PM
We need a trauma center somewhere in the Livermore Valley. I apologize if it sounded like I was critical of our emergency medical folks; that was not the intent. I just know that in the last several weeks, it has been reported that several serious injuries have been taken by helicopter or ambulance to Castro Valley and it concerns me that we don't have those services closer.
Martin August 25, 2011 at 08:42 PM
"Parents teach your kids proper traffic safety & teach them to use the CROSS WALK".. I do agree with this statement. However as a Livermore resident that lives basically across the street from the Charter school on Sonoma, I can tell you drivers (both passing through AND the parents themselves put students at great danger. I see people drive through residential (25 mph speed limit) doing over 30mph as they talk on their phone, and most just slightly tap on their brakes at the area stop sign. The crossing guard is ignored regularly, and i've seen her have a few close calls. Yes, teach your kids traffic safety, but drivers need to wake up and wise up.
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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