An Anacortes Middle School sixth-grader was struck by a vehicle at 7:25 a.m. Tuesday while crossing 22nd Street and M Avenue.
Her mother had just dropped her off and was there when the incident occurred, AMS Principal Patrick Harrington said. The mother drove her daughter to Island Hospital. By 10:30 a.m., the child was at home resting. She reportedly had no broken bones or serious injury.
“She’s going to be OK,” Harrington said.
Visibility was poor for drivers at 7:25 a.m. because of darkness and heavy rain, Harrington said. “We were soaked just walking (from the school) to the scene,” he said.
The site is on the same block as Anacortes Middle School, the police station and Island Hospital. The city shortened the crosswalk by adding bump outs, or curb extensions, four years ago after about four people — adults and children — were struck by vehicles in separate incidents, Harrington said. The sixth-grader is believed to be the first child hit by a vehicle since the crosswalk was shortened, he said.
Harrington said he didn’t know if any students saw the incident. He said parents would be notified and school staff would talk to students about it during lunch.
The message to students: “Not only do we need defensive drivers, we have to have defensive walkers,” Harrington said. “Just because you’re in a crosswalk doesn’t mean you’re safe. Make sure the driver sees you. And if you’re not sure they’ve seen you, let them go through before you cross.”
It was not known Tuesday morning if the driver was cited. A police report was being written at press time, Anacortes Police Capt. Dave Floyd said.