KINGSPORT — For the second time in eight days, a Dobyns-Bennett student has been struck by a vehicle while crossing East Center Street after school.
And, according to police, the victim once again unlawfully crossed the road, stepping into the path of a driver who had the right of way.
Tuesday's incident occurred at approximately 3 p.m. Kingsport police report a group of students were jaywalking across East Center Street near the intersection of Watauga when a boy, 14, failed to yield to a car.
An eastbound 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt struck the student. KPD Public Information Officer says the boy suffered non life- threatening injuries and was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by EMS.
Patton adds that there's no indication that the driver, a 45-year-old Kingsport woman, was speeding when the incident occurred. Police also note that a properly marked crosswalk, controlled by a highly visible crossing signal, is located just east of where the students were illegally crossing the street.
Tuesday's incident marks the second time in eight days that a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle at the school. On Feb. 10, a 14-year-old female student was struck while in a crosswalk — but according to police, she had a "no crossing" light while the vehicle had a green signal.
She was transported to the hospital by ambulance and admitted, also suffering non life-threatening injuries.
"People often incorrectly assume that a pedestrian always has the right of way, but such is not necessarily the case," stated Patton, referring to the two students who were struck by vehicles.