School crossing guards are crucial to the safety of those children they are to protect. Sadly, at least three school crossing guards were hit by a car yesterday.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, a 78-year-old school crossing guard was struck by a driver who later tried to escape but was blocked in by other drivers. The accident took place at about 4:28 p.m. on Belcher Road S and Catalina Drive, near Oak Grove Middle School in Clearwater. The crossing guard, Ernest Comeau, was helping students cross Catalina Drive when police said he was struck by a car. The driver of the car failed to stop after hitting the crossing guard. However, he was quickly pinned in by other drivers near where the crash took place.
Two other school crossing guards were injured in separate accidents in Winter Garden, Florida. According to Spectrum News 13, one school crossing guard was pinned under a vehicle and critically injured in a three-car crash Wednesday. The crash happened just before 3:30 p.m. at State Road 50 and Avalon Road. The crossing guard, who has worked for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office for almost two years, was assigned to help students at Tildenville Elementary and Lakeview Middle schools. Another crossing guard was hit Wednesday at their post in the Lake Nona area off Moss Park Road and Storey Park Boulevard.
School zones require all drivers to pay special attention to both the children and the school crossing guards in the area. These school crossing guards are there to help the children and put their lives at risk. It is important that every driver watch out in school zones and drive even more safely in these areas.
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