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School Crossing Guard Hit by Car

The driver turned in the path of the crossing guard, clipping the worker in the arm with the car's side view mirror.

A Pinellas County School crossing guard suffered minor injuries this morning, when a driver failed to yield to the victim in the crosswalk.

Nelson Guenther had minor injuries to his left forearm, when he was hit by the vehicle's side view mirror.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, 18-year-old Richard Barbieri of Largo was driving a 2011 Chevy Malibu at 102nd Avenue and 131st Street.

Witnesses at the scene and deputies from the Major Accident Investigation Team said that Guenther was crossing 102nd Avenue at 131st Street, with the crossing signal, at about 7:30 a.m.  

As Guenther crossed, the Chevy turned west on 102nd Avenue from northbound 131st Street. The driver failed to yield at the pedestrian crossing.

The car struck Guenther in the left forearm with the driver's side mirror.

Guenther sustained minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital.

Barbieri was issued a traffic citation for Failure to Yield to a Pedestrian in
a Crosswalk.

Deputies say now that school is back in session, motorists should be very careful around school crossings as traffic has increased, and more pedestrians, mostly children are out earlier in the day.


chad redding January 17, 2013 at 02:39 PM
the reckless wackadoo motorist should have been arrested, these people and I use that word lightly do not care about pedestrians and will continue to do these insane things until law enforcement does their JOB ! and make arrests
Joe King January 17, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Mommy needs to take his driving privileges away for a couple of months until he is old enough to obey the laws

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