SALINAS, CA – Two female students from Salinas High School were hit by a car while walking in a crosswalk on the morning of Thursday, January 26, 2024, according to KION.
Around 8:20 AM, the students were crossing South Main Street at the intersection of Pine Street during a “Don’t Walk” warning. The driver had a green light and the right of way while making a left turn from Pine Street to southbound South Main Street.
The driver stopped after the collision and cooperated with Salinas Police, according to the district. Investigators mentioned that the driver claimed not to have seen the students. The collision occurred at 10 to 15 miles per hour in the middle of the intersection.
Emergency personnel responded to the scene and provided initial treatment to the injured girls before transporting them to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
It remains unclear as to whether the driver will face any charges in this ongoing investigation.
Duty of Care toward Pedestrians
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