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Posted on: August 12, 2014

[ARCHIVED] SUV vs Pedestrian Crash and Back to School Safety Tips

August 12, 2014

(Fishers, Indiana) – Yesterday, shortly after 4:00pm, Fishers police officers responded to a motor vehicle crash in the 12000 Block of Olio Road. The crash involved a Sport Utility Vehicle and a pedestrian.

Upon their arrival officers located the pedestrian, a juvenile, lying in the roadway near the crosswalk. Paramedics with the Fishers Department of Fire and Emergency Services responded and transported the victim to Riley Children’s Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

According to witnesses and evidence at the scene it appears the pedestrian was crossing Olio Road, in the crosswalk, when he was struck by a northbound SUV. The driver immediately stopped and fully cooperated with the investigation. The juvenile’s mother and siblings were walking with the victim, at the time of the crash, but were not injured.

Alcohol or drugs do not appear to be a factor in this crash.

The Fishers Police Department would like to take this opportunity to remind drivers that this Wednesday, August 13th will be the first day of school for students in the Hamilton Southeastern School District. To help ensure students a safe return, to the classroom, drivers must be mindful of the following information:

• Be prepared for a longer commute. School buses and teenage drivers will add to the traffic congestion in the mornings and afternoons.

• Expect the unexpected. Watch for slowing or stopped traffic and the possibility of children darting out into the street.

• Be patient and observe the law when approaching or following a school bus.

• Be very aware of intersections where children are waiting for the bus.

• Be mindful of reduced speed limits in designated school zones.

• Police officers will provide increased patrols in neighborhoods and school zones. Officers in marked and unmarked police cars will be enforcing school bus stop arm violations and speeding in school zones. Chief of Police George Kehl stated, “The safety of our children is one of our highest priorities and the police department will utilize all of its resources to ensure a safe commute for all students and staff.”

• Residents should report suspicious activity and dangerous drivers by calling the Hamilton County Dispatch Center at 317-773-1282 or 911.

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