Chloe Martin, 27, of Bolingbrook, has been charged as the driver of the vehicle that struck an Old Quarry Middle School student on her way home from school Tuesday, according to Cmdr. Dan Tulley of the Lemont Police Department. Martin was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
The 13-year-old student suffered minor injuries as a result of the incident, which occurred at approximately 2:40 p.m. near the Lemont Park District campus on 127th Street near Eagle Crest Drive.
The girl was immediately transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and her brother reported Tuesday on Facebook that she had some cuts and bruises but was otherwise OK.
Tulley said the student was struck while walking in a designated crosswalk where there is a stop sign, but no crossing guard on duty. A crossing guard is stationed approximately 300 yards away at 127th Street and Timberline Drive, he said.
On Monday, Patch shared a press release issued by Lemont police that appears to have been particularly prescient, in light of the incident on Tuesday. Among the cautions issued by police were:
- Pedestrians have the right of way at crosswalks. Keep in mind, student pedestrians/bicyclists are not experienced in judging the speed and distance of oncoming vehicles. They also expect adults to watch out for them, and are fast, smaller and harder to see -- so drivers must stay alert, especially in parking lots.
- Crossing guards are in place to assist children, so obey their direction. On a school day when children are present in the school zone, the penalties are higher for drivers who do not yield the right-of-way at the crosswalk.
- When students leave their school at dismissal and walk to business establishments, it is important for their safety that they use crosswalks at intersections, especially when crossing 127th St. or State St.
Tulley emphasized that both drivers and pedestrians must exercise extra caution now that school is in session.
“We urge children to cross any major street at the crossing guard locations, to assist children in crossing the street,” Tulley said.
Tuesday’s incident remains under investigation by police.