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Whitehall Girl Struck by Police Cruiser; Jaywalking Blamed
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WHITEHALL (Lisa Rantala/Ken Hines) -- Police hope newly-released dashcam video showing a young girl being struck by an officer's cruiser will teach central Ohio parents a lesson about jaywalking.
The 10-year-old girl ran from her yard into the street and into the path of an oncoming cruiser at the intersection of Pierce and Wright Avenues at approximately 4 p.m. on June 13, according to police.
The girl was jumped up immediately after the accident, and ran home. She was treated at a nearby hospital for minor injuries.
The officer who was driving the car that struck the girl said he was traveling at approximately 20 mph at the time of the accident. He said he did not see the girl because she ran out from between 2 parked cars.
A fellow Whitehall officer said it is up to pedestrians to make sure they do not create situations in which such accidents are unavoidable.
"You've only got a couple of seconds of reaction time, and if you run out in front of a car, there's always one outcome," Sgt. Dan Kelso said.
Whitehall police warned students weeks before the accident that they will emphasize enforcement of jaywalking laws this summer.
Thirty jaywalking complaints have been reported, and 10 people have been cited, in Whitehall over a one month period.
Children as young as 10-years-old can be cited for jaywalking.
The accident involving the 10-year-old girl is under review within the Whitehall Division of Police.