Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Crossing Guard hit by Motorist

Crossing Guard hit by Motorist

Boise, Dec. 7, 2006 - Boise Police cited a motorist this morning for failure to yield to a school crossing guard. The motorists clipped the crossing guard as she stood with her stop sign in the crosswalk on the southwest corner of Franklin and Orchard. The minor collision did cause the crossing guard to fall, landing on her hip. She was taken by private vehicle to a nearby hospital to check for injuries.

What Happened: The incident occurred 8:47 a.m. near Franklin Elementary. After talking to witnesses and those involved, officers say the motorist was turning right from Franklin onto southbound Orchard. The light was green for traffic on Franklin, however, two crossing guards, one on either side of Orchard had stepped into the crosswalk with their stop signs. Motorists turning right must yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk. The driver of the vehicle tells officers he did not see the crossing guard in the early morning sun and clipped the guard with his vehicle.

"Generally motorists are very alert to school crossing guards, and fortunately these types of incidents are extremely rare," said Sgt. Rich Fuhriman of the Boise Police Motors Unit. "This is a good reminder to all of us to be extra watchful driving around school zones, especially in the mornings and afternoons as students, parents, teachers or crossing guards could all be coming and going on streets and intersections near their school."

    Cited: Ron States, Boise

    Infraction: Failure to Yield to a Crossing Guard ($62 fine).