JAMESTOWN – A student was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital after they were hit by a vehicle near Persell Middle School on Tuesday morning.
Jamestown Police tell WNY News Now the middle schooler was struck by a vehicle on Hazeltine Avenue just before the intersection with Baker Street around 8:20 a.m.
The child, police say, suffered very minor injuries and was taken to the hospital for evaluation. He is expected to recover.
Officers say this appears to be an accident, with the student stepping out in front of the car.
The student was not in a cross walk at the time, police report. The only two cross walks in the area are in the intersection of Hazeltine and State Street and Hazeltine and Baker Street.
In a statement Jamestown Public Schools says they will increase supervision and monitoring during arrival and dismissal times to prevent future incidents. The school also plans to work with the City of Jamestown to explore installing additional crosswalks in the area.
Additionally, the school says they will work with students and their families to double down on the importance of traffic safety.
The full statement is posted below:
“This morning during school arrival, a Persell Middle School student was struck by a car on Hazeltine Avenue near Baker Street. The Jamestown Police Department and Emergency Medical Services responded quickly to the incident. The student was transported to the hospital as a precautionary measure and the parents were notified.
As the safety of students and staff is our first priority, the District is taking a number of steps to review and reinforce traffic safety procedures. The District will increase supervision and monitoring during arrival and dismissal, and will continue to remind students of the expectation to cross only in designated crosswalks. The district has contacted the City of Jamestown to explore a partnership in a traffic study of the Hazeltine Ave and Baker Street intersection for potential traffic control devices and pedestrian safety measures.
We have asked our families to discuss with their children the importance of crossing only at crosswalks and taking care to watch for oncoming traffic before entering the street. We ask our community to also observe the 20 mph speed limit in school zones and watch for pedestrians.”