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Staples Runner Hit by Car During Team Run, Hospitalized

An accident occurred around 4 p.m Tuesday on Long Lots Road while members of the Staples High School cross-country team were out for a run, leaving a 15-year-old victim injured.

Update: 7:55 p.m.

The 15-year-old girl was running on Long Lots Road with a group of five other female cross-country teammates and their coach when she was struck by a minivan, according to Westport Police Sergeant Richard Frazier.

The runner was transported to Norwalk Hospital with non-life threatening injuries after being treated by Westport police and Westport EMS, Fraizer said.

"The group of six girls and their coach were running eastbound on the shoulder of the westbound lanes as required," Frazier said, adding that the incident is still under investigation. "Alcohol and speed were not contributing factors in this accident."

The driver of the minivan stopped at the scene and no one else was injured, Fraizer said. Additional school personnel responded to the accident for assistance, while bystanders and witnesses were at the scene assisting with the investigation, he said. 

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Fraizer was speaking with the school crossing guard at the intersection of Long Lots Road and Hyde Lane when he heard the accident and was told by a passing driver that a car had struck a girl. He immediately responded.

"Motorists are reminded that this is a busy time with an increased presence of pedestrians, bicyclists and students waiting at bus stops or walking and running on Westport roads," he said. "Please drive safely and be aware of others using the roadway."

Fraizer confirmed that the runner did not fracture her femur as previously reported in the original story.

 

Original story:

The unidentified victim reportedly suffered non-life threatening injuries after being struck by the vehicle, according to emergency dispatch. 

The accident occurred Tuesday afternoon near the intersection of Long Lots Road and Peabody lane. 

The , the  and Westport EMS responded to the accident. 

The Westport Police Department  enforcement and education campaign, focusing on traffic safety in and around the school zones. 

Officers been targeting traffic violators, specifically those who speed in school zones, in an effort to raise awareness on school safety in Westport.

Patch will publish more details about the accident and the victim's condition when they are available.

Joanne August 28, 2012 at 09:29 PM
I am also afraid my young children will be hit by a car after coming off a school bus. Children in Westport are denied door to door bus service if the live on PRIVATE lanes. I find it dangerous for kids to stand or cross main roads because their road is deemed "Private" Smaller school buses can pick these children up.
Chris Rueli (Editor) August 28, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Johanna, Do you think the town should acquire a few of smaller busses in order to provide door-to-door transportation for all Wesptort students?
Stephen Hobbs August 28, 2012 at 09:59 PM
The answer is not smaller busses. Drivers need to slow down and obey the traffic laws. Enforcement should be year round, not just stepped up for back to school. I am originally from CA and am shocked at the aggressive drivers here and their regard for traffic rules as mere suggestions - on private roads or otherwise.
Joanne August 28, 2012 at 10:35 PM
I would like all Westport students treated equally...regardless if they are on a private or non private road. Think about snow conditions or slippery wet roads....young or older students walking to and from busy main roads....it's an accident waiting to happen. I wish this young girl a speedy recovery.
Joanne August 28, 2012 at 10:40 PM
As you see Stephen....even with stepped up enforcement....these accudents will continue to happen. Students and main roads are not a healthy mix. No parient wants their children in harms way. Let's find a cost effective way to bus our kids safely.
Shane August 29, 2012 at 10:05 AM
The town should raise the ticket penalty for speeders and recklass drivers.
Fairfield Resident August 29, 2012 at 04:47 PM
You can pay for the "Smaller" school buses then. Children have been walking to their bus stops for decades. Get over it......or move.
Karen Siegel September 08, 2012 at 10:22 AM
I also live on a small lane and I called the bus company and insisted on having what is termed a NO CROSS...they will gladly accomodate your situation to avoid a possible accident. Karen

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