Teacher struck by car outside elementary school

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - A teacher was struck by a car Thursday morning outside an elementary school.

It happened around 9:15 a.m. in the parking lot of Cherokee Elementary on Kyles Station Road.

The 58-year-old male teacher was treated at the scene for apparent minor injuries by Liberty Township Squad members. School officials say he was taken to West Chester Hospital only as a precautionary measure.

The driver of the vehicle drove away from the school, but witnesses were able to provide an accurate description of the vehicle. School officials say the driver of the vehicle was a father dropping off his kid at school. They say he parked his vehicle, walked his son to school, and hit the teacher as he was leaving his parking spot.

Deputies responding to the school spotted and stopped the vehicle near the intersection of State Route 747 and Hamilton-Mason Road.

The driver, Craig Schmidt, age 41, of Liberty Township, was cited to Area 2 Court, and has been charged with Reckless Operation and Negligent Assault.

Principal Jennifer Forren and Assistant Principal Paulette Grady sent a letter to students that said, "Our main concern is for the safety of our children and parents as well as the safety of our staff who are directing the traffic in our parking lot."

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