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Hudson Schools urge driver caution after East Woods student struck by car

by Tim Troglen | reporter Published: April 21, 2013 12:00 AM

Hudson -- School and safety officials are asking drivers to be "extra cautious around school zones and play areas" as more children and adults begin to enjoy the warmer weather.

The district emailed parents and guardians April 16 urging caution while driving after an 11-year-old East Woods Elementary School fifth-grader was struck by a car on the way home from school. The student was not seriously injured but was taken to the hospital as a precaution, according the district.

"We are thankful that the accident was not more serious," according to the district's email. "As drivers, please help us keep Hudson's children safe by being extra cautious in school zones and around play areas."

The student walked from between two parked cars on N. Hayden Parkway and into the path of a south bound car driven by a Hudson women, according to police. The student was struck in the left hip, causing him to roll to the ground.

"He immediately returned to his feet and ran to a nearby driveway," according to the police report.

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Witnesses told the boy to lay down and wait for Hudson EMS. He was taken to Akron Children's Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The driver was not cited, according to police.

"This was a case where a young man ducked from between two stopped cars on N. Hayden Parkway to cross the same, and was struck by a vehicle passing those stopped cars," according to Hudson Police Chief Dave Robbins.

Robbins offered safety advice to both parents and drivers.

"Our safety advice is that as the temperatures warm and children either walk or bike to school, parents need to remind their children that the safest way to cross a street is by using a crosswalk," Robbins said. "For the same reasons, the motoring public is also reminded that there is a higher number of students out, and to drive defensively, a little more slowly, and in anticipation of the higher prevalence of children--and adults--using and crossing the roadways.

Hudson Communications Manager Sheryl Sheatzley agreed.

"This time of year is a great time to remind kids to look both ways and use crosswalks," Sheatzley said. "Also, drivers can help by taking extra precautions -- children get very excited about good weather, and they are always in a hurry."

Email: ttroglen@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9435

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