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PD: Driver runs red light, hits mother, child in crosswalk in East Price Hill

Posted at 8:53 AM, Sep 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-24 14:38:25-04

CINCINNATI — A driver ran a red light and hit a mother and her 8-year-old son in a crosswalk as they were walking to school Tuesday morning in East Price Hill, according to Lt. Steve Saunders.

The driver hit the pedestrians before 8 a.m. at Glenway and Considine Avenues as they were walking to Rees E. Price Academy, Saunders said.

First responders transported the woman to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center with a leg injury; the boy was taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as a precaution.

The driver stayed on scene, and “preliminary information indicates to the driver disregarded a red light due to the sun glare,” Saunders said.

The 8-year-old is the seventh Cincinnati Public Schools student hit by a driver this school year, according to spokeswoman Lauren Worley. Worley said the district is not required to track data on crashes involving students, but officials started keeping them in a spreadsheet in 2018.

A similar crash happened about three miles away on Aug. 29; a driver hit a 14-year-old Western Hills University High School student near the 5100 block of Glenway Avenue. She was also in a crosswalk.

Thirteen Cincinnati Public Schools students were hit by drivers as they walked to or from school between May and December 2018. A heavy concentration of those crashes occurred in West Side communities.

Tuesday's crash happened a day after the Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education unanimously voted to join “Vision Zero,” a nationwide pedestrian-safety initiative. Its stated goal is to “eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries” — both of which CPS students have experienced on their walks to school.

WCPO will update this story.