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Student struck by car in front of Simsbury High School released from hospital

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A person was struck in front of Simsbury High School Tuesday morning. (WFSB photo) A person was struck in front of Simsbury High School Tuesday morning. (WFSB photo)

A student was struck by a vehicle in front of Simsbury High School on Tuesday morning.

Police said it happened at a very low speed and the victim was not seriously hurt.

The incident happened in the area of Farms Village Road and Bushy Hill Road.

Neighbors told Eyewitness News that students often do not use the crosswalks in the area. The said the road is always packed with students and vehicles often have to slow down.

Police said they're still investigating whether or not the victim was in a crosswalk.

When the 16-year-old female student was hit, the driver immediately stopped and emergency crews quickly arrived on the scene.

She had been crossing the road at the time.

Seconds after the impact, an officer and school nurser were out tending to the teen. She was transported to a local hospital conscious and alert. As of 4 p.m., police said the teen was released from the hospital with no significant injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

Principal Andrew O'Brien issued a letter to the school community about what happened:

This morning one of our students was struck by a car while crossing Farms Village Road in the rain. Administrators, staff members, police, and others responded within seconds to comfort the student and to provide information regarding the event to first responders. Our Director of Health Services rode with the student to an area hospital to provide support and to meet with parents, who were notified by administrators immediately. At this time, we have been told that the student is conscious and in stable condition and is undergoing additional testing.  

This accident underscores the importance of driving slowly within our school zones and keeping an eye out for pedestrians. I would like to thank our staff members as well as members of the Simsbury Police Department and EMT Services for their prompt and professional response. Our thoughts remain with our student and affected family at this time.

Officers are investigating how it happened.

Neighbors said the nature of the road and the nature of teens and technology combine making Farms Village Road one of the most dangerous spots in Simsbury.

Traffic officers are posted up daily, and several crosswalks line the front of the school.

Farms Village Road was closed for a brief period of time during the investigation, but officers have reopened it.

Police said they are working with the school district to try to prevent incidents like these from happening.

"The Simsbury Police Department and Simsbury Public Schools share a concern for the well-being and safe travel of all students, bicyclists and motorists. Together, we encourage you to consider safety issues surrounding the safe use of the roadways and discuss these issues with your loved ones," police said in a press release. 

A WFSB employee was involved in the incident.

The driver is cooperating with investigators. There's no word on if the driver will face any charges.

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