A male Shuswap Middle School student sustained minor injuries after being hit by a car at or near a crosswalk on 30th Street SE on Monday afternoon.
“Police believe at this time that a moment of inattention on the part of the pedestrian was the major causal factor in the incident,” reports Staff Sgt. Scott West of the Salmon Arm RCMP.
“Through the witness accounts the RCMP investigators were able to determine that the speed on the part of the vehicle was not a contributing factor in the collision and the driver was paying attention while adhering to the school zone speed limits.”
The incident took place at 2:30 p.m., shortly after school dismissal on Oct. 19. A message to parents from Shuswap Middle School acknowledged the incident and noted the student will be all right.
“Parents, please talk to your children about making eye contact with drivers before they cross. As well, drivers please be very cautious when traveling through a school zone. Teachers will also be talking to all of their students reminding them to be careful and cautious when crossing a cross walk,” read the statement.
West reports the emergency personnel were relived the youth will be OK.
“We would also like to thank the witnesses for remaining in the area and providing their account of what they saw happen. Their account was instrumental in determining what actually occurred.”