New Port Richey, FL (January 10, 2019) - A 15-year-old student was seriously hurt after being struck by a teacher's car while she was walking to school on Wednesday, January 9th. The incident took place outside of Gulf High School in New Port Richey.
According to reports, the girl, who is a freshman at the school, was walking near a crosswalk when she was struck by the vehicle. She was unresponsive at the scene and a medical helicopter was called in to airlift her to a nearby hospital. There is no current word on her condition at this time and she has not been identified.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as a teacher at the school. A pair of headphones were found at the scene although it is unclear if the teen was wearing the headphones when the crash took place. The teacher remained at the crash site and cooperated with police. Officials have ruled out speed as a factor but an investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Over 250,000 injury crashes take place each year in Florida. School zones present major risk factors for collisions. A school zone is a congested area and involves high traffic from both vehicles and pedestrians. Drivers, pedestrians and anyone else in a school zone should always remain vigilant and follow all traffic laws to reduce the risk of a catastrophic collision. Our thoughts go out to the student who was hurt in this crash and we certainly hope she is able to pull through and have a complete recovery.
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries from another driver's negligence, please give us a call. At Rubenstein Law, our Florida personal injury attorneys are always available and here to help. 1-800-FL-Legal.
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