Pioneer Middle School student hit by car on way to school

The student was the third from Pioneer Middle School to be struck by a vehicle this school year.

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WALLA WALLA - A Pioneer Middle School student was struck by a vehicle while riding her bicycle to school Friday, but was not seriously injured, officials said.

Pioneer Principal Dana Jones contacted the Walla Walla Police Department after learning that one of her students had been hit by a car in the morning at Pleasant Street and Wilbur Avenue.

The student reported being knocked to the ground after a dark sport utility vehicle struck her at the intersection, according to reports.

The girl got up, and although uninjured, had to walk her damaged bicycle the rest of the way to school, the district reports. The student also said the driver of the vehicle did not stop or get out to check on her.

Police and emergency responders were not notified initially because the student did not report the incident until later in the school day.

The Police Department is investigating the crash. Walla Walla Public Schools Superintendent Mick Miller was at Pioneer Friday to talk with the student, school administrators and the police.

Miller stressed the need for drivers to slow down and be cautious as children come and go to school.

The girl is the third Pioneer student to be struck by a vehicle since the start of the school year last month.

Two boys needed medical attention after being struck by a vehicle as they walked to reach their school bus one morning.

Last year, a Pioneer boy was hospitalized after being struck by a car while riding his bicycle from school.

A group of concerned parents recently launched a traffic safety task force with the hopes of meeting soon to problem-solve traffic and speed issues around the city's schools.

Maria P. Gonzalez can be reached at mariagonzalez@wwub.com or 526-8317. Check out her blog at blogs.ublabs.org/schoolhousemissives.

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