THOMPSON, CT (WFSB) -- A school crossing guard was taken to the hospital after being hit by a car and physically assaulted by a parent Monday morning.
It happened right outside the Mary R. Fisher Elementary School in Thompson.
School officials said 31-year-old Jason Beshaw, a local parent, tried to bypass the designated flow of traffic.
The crossing guard, identified as Rocky Navaro, tried to stop the car from entering the restricted area, and was struck.
Navaro said he noticed a few children about to cross when Beeshaw was swerving around the lane, so he stepped in to protect them.
"I said he's gonna hit a kid, so what do I do, I move and when I move, the car swiped my pants and I ended up on the hood of the car, Navaro said.
That’s when Beshaw jumped out of the car and physically assaulted the Navaro, officials said.
"He jumped out of his car and he starts beating me up and gets me, puts me on the ground, face down in the pavement. I feel something wet, I said the roads are not wet. My face is loaded with blood," Navaro said.
Navaro was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
"My shoulders they're all banged up. I can't even lift them," Navaro said.
Navaro was injured in front of the school where he's worked as a crossing guard for 20 years. He loves making sure kids get to school safely.
Beshaw was taken into custody by state police.
He was charged with risk of injury to a child, second-degree breach of peace, third-degree assault, and second-degree reckless endangerment.
School officials said some parents and students did witness this incident.
"I didn't like the kids to see all this stuff at all," Navaro said.
Navaro hopes to be back patrolling the crosswalk by next week.
Beeshaw is banned from every school in the district.