A vehicle struck a Murray Middle School student near the intersection of Drummond Avenue and French Avenue as students were arriving to school shortly after 7 a.m. on the morning of Friday, January 12. The student had only minor injuries and said he felt okay, but first responders convinced him to get checked at the hospital to make sure he’s fine.
Eyewitness Heidi Smith told the Daily Independent that she saw the scooter-riding student attempt to cross French Avenue, just before the intersection with Drummond Avenue. Smith said that the student weaved between the cars waiting at the traffic light to get into the schools, and was then hit by a car traveling away from the schools. She said that she thought the driver probably didn’t even see the student until the collision.
The Ridgecrest Police Department and Sierra Sands Unified School District staff from both Murray Middle School and the nearby Burroughs High School quickly arrived on scene. RPD’s Sgt. Lloyd said that they were still collecting information, but at the moment it appears that the driver is not at fault. He said that while there have been Burroughs students hit by vehicles near the intersection in previous years, this was the first of such incidents with a Murray student since the new campus was opened in 2017.
A press release RPD posted shortly after says, “The driver of the vehicle attempted to stop, however the front end of the vehicle struck the child and scooter. The child was wearing his helmet and only suffered minor injuries. He was transported to the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital as a precaution by Liberty Ambulance.”
It continues, “The Police Department would like to thank everyone who was delayed in traffic this morning at the schools for their patience and understanding while the officers and emergency crews worked the scene.”