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Students Hit by Car Outside State College High School

by on January 22, 2015 6:15 AM

Two students are reportedly okay after a frightening accident on Westerly Parkway, in front of State College High School.

According to a news release from the school district, a car hit two students who were in the crosswalk that links the school's North Building to the South Building.

The accident happened Tuesday at approximately 5:50 p.m. which was after dark.

One of the students, a 16-year-old sophomore, was thrown over the car's hood. Paramedics took the girl to Mount Nittany Medical Center where she was treated for what are described as "cuts, bruises and brush burns." She was held overnight at the hospital.

The second girl, a freshman, was reportedly struck by the car's side view mirror. She did not require medical treatment.

The girls were crossing the street after indoor track practice.

State College Police Lt. Keith Robb tells the vehicle was traveling at about 20 to 25 miles an hour at the time of the accident. Robb identified the driver as Amanda Giffin, 28, of State College. According to Robb, Giffin told investigators "she was unable to stop in time."

Giffin was issued a citation for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Robb says the crosswalk has not been a source of concern for police. "It's the first crash we've had down there in awhile," he says.

However, the school district is considering the possibility of making safety improvements to the crosswalk, such as an electronic pedestrian crossing system.

Ed Poprik, director of physical plant for the district, says it would make sense to address safety issues now because the crossing will be "a  major thoroughfare this year once construction begins on the new high school."

Last May, voters approved an $85 million renovation project that will help pay for significant upgrades to the high school. Crosswalk safety is an issue that has been talked about in the past.

"Based on this incident, the district is exploring whatever intermediate methods to hasten the improvements ahead of the project," Poprik says.

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