CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Two Cincinnati Public School students were struck by cars in separate incidents Thursday morning, according to a spokesperson for the school district.
“In both situations the students were legally crossing in marked crosswalks when the incidents occurred. The status of the students is not yet clear; however, initial reports indicate each student suffered non-life-threatening injuries,” CPS wrote in a news release.
Both drivers have been cited, according to CPS.
District administrators say they have worked with the mayor and City Council to step up pedestrian safety enforcement.
Dater High incident
A 14-year-old male student from West High was hit in the crosswalk at Ferguson and Prosperity while walking to school. Police say a vehicle traveling southbound on Ferguson failed to yield and struck the teen.
The student was taken to the hospital for surgery.
There was a marked police car parked within 20 feet of where the student was struck, CPS said. The officer was there using flashers as part of District Three’s effort to slow down traffic in this area. The officer was using the lights as a speed deterrent to drivers.
The second incident involved a sixth grade student from Covedale who was struck while walking to school. Police say the student was in a marked crosswalk with a light indicator when a vehicle failed to yield and struck the child in the leg.
There was not a crossing guard at the intersection of Cleves Warsaw and Covedale where the incident took place due to its distance from the school, CPS said.
The student was taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for treatment.
Parents are planning to hold a rally Friday beginning at 7 a.m.
“If it takes one angry mother and another angry mother and an angry grandfather to finally get something done, that’s what I’m gonna do,” said Marlena Brookfield, a parent and rally organizer.