Police sources in Butler County have reported two children have been injured—and another killed—when they were struck by a vehicle while waiting for a school bus. An article on this emerging story is available here.
State Police in western Pennsylvania’s Butler County say three children from Summit Township were struck by a sports-utility vehicle on the morning of January 14th. The first officer to respond to the scene immediately performed emergency first-aid on at least one of the children involved.
An eight-year-old girl suffered a minor ankle injury. A ten-year-old boy was airlifted to Pittsburgh’s UPMC Children’s Hospital with injuries that have not yet been disclosed. Sadly, one eleven-year-old boy was transported to Butler Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Another local news source later identified the three children as siblings—and has also identified the driver of the SUV as a faculty member employed by Summit Elementary School.
Sources within the Pennsylvania State Police say the driver of the SUV did not see the children—all from the Butler Area School District—as they stood by the roadside. They have indicated reduced visibility—potentially caused by morning sun glare—may have contributed to the accident. State Police say no charges have been filed and the investigation is currently ongoing.
A Local and National Concern
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that on average, a pedestrian is injured every eight minutes in an accident in the United States. In Pennsylvania alone, it has been reported by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) that in 2017, 4,106 pedestrians were injured in an accident and 150 died due to injuries sustained in an accident.
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