A sixth grader at Pleasanton Middle School was struck by a car while crossing Case Avenue after being dropped off for school Friday morning. She reportedly broke her leg and was quickly transported to Children's Hospital Oakland by way of ambulance.
PMS principal John Whitney said it was an accident as she was dashing off to school and not in a crosswalk. He said she is in stable condition.
While he said the kids usually do a good job about using one of the two crosswalks in front of PMS and Hearst Elementary School, they "assume that drivers can always see them." He also added that they kids had another reminder on PMTV, the school's television program.
At this time the speed and attentiveness of the driver is unknown.
Calling the scene "heartbreaking," Whitney was encouraged by how the incident was handled.
"We are so lucky," he said. "The scene this morning--the level of concern and expertise, calmness and everything else--it couldn't have been handled better. We feel really good about the way in which our community rallies."
Earlier in the year Whitney reports that one child was bumped by a car while riding his bike, but that serious injuries like these are rare.
"It's a long street," he said. "We have the two crosswalks manned by crossing guards. Yet kids and adults make a dash rather than use the crosswalk."