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Elderly school crossing guard in New Jersey injured in DWI crash

A school crossing guard has suffered several injuries after being hit during a two-vehicle accident on the morning of Dec. 13. According to police, one of the drivers was driving under the influence.

Just after 8:30 a.m., police say that two vehicles collided outside Tenakill School, located on Harrington Avenue. The 70-something-year-old crossing guard was standing in the crosswalk at the time of the incident and was struck by one of the vehicles. He was transported to the nearby medical center with a broken rib and injuries to his neck and back.

The driver of one of the two vehicles was a 58-year-old woman originally from Seattle, whom police have charged with DUI in a school zone, child endangerment and aggravated assault by auto. Court records show that a Municipal Court judge set a bail of $10,000 later that day and scheduled an arraignment for Dec. 17.

Pedestrians are especially vulnerable in traffic accidents. The people who are negligent in pedestrian accidents can be held liable, whether the negligent party was the driver of the vehicle, an entity responsible for a vehicle defect or poor crosswalk maintenance. A pedestrian may be able to secure compensation if he or she suffers any injuries in the accident.

An injured pedestrian needs to establish negligence to prove that the person or entity at fault had a legal duty to the pedestrian, failed to fulfill that duty, caused the accident and injured or harmed the pedestrian as a result of the accident. If successful, the injured pedestrian could recover the cost of medical treatment and loss of earnings as a result of his or her injuries.

Source: Cliffview Pilot, "Elderly crossing guard struck in DWI crash outside Closter school", Jerry DeMarco , December 13, 2013

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